Originally a tannery and currier shop, this structure later housed a popular restaurant.
The land and most of the buildings along the south side of Hampshire
Street between Broadway and Lowell Street were owned by the Methuen Company during
the latter half of the 19th century. This house is said to have been built in
1859 and according to William Barnes, it was a tanner and currier shop, with a
hat shop owned by Bowen and Grosvenor in the basement. It may not have belonged
to the Methuen Company at that time. However, D. Nevins, who purchased the
Methuen Company in 1864, is shown as the owner on
the 1872 map; on later maps the Methuen Company is shown as the owner. It was
rented for a mix of commercial and residential uses.
house is similar in detail to the old Waldo/Currier Block (300 Broadway),
rebuilt after the 1849 fire which destroyed many buildings in the area . A
photograph of the Edwin J. Castle Drug Store in the Currier Block can be found
in the Christmas Supplement of the Methuen Transcript (1898) at the Methuen
A Chinese laundry was located in the building from about 1900 until the
Methuen Company sold the building in 1922 to the Methuen Club, a group of local
business and professional men. From the 1920s to 1975, the building was used as
a clubhouse with bowling alleys, billiard tables and card tables. Since the
mid-70s, the building has housed one of Methuen's more popular restaurants.