- History of 63 Main St
History of 63 Main St
63 Main Street, also known as the Donald Cameron House, is a stately two and one-half story, 10-room Colonial Revival home in Westford Center, with a deep connection to Westford’s past. It is on nearly 3 acres, set back from the street with a carriage house in the rear and a circular drive in front with porte-cochere (covered structure over the front entrance). It was designed in 1893 by the architects Davi and Rayne of the Hildreth Building, Lowell. Included in this two and one-half story house are unique architectural features such as a carved wooden central staircase, stained glass windows and built in bookcases. The building is listed with the Westford Historical Commission.
In 2016 the attic was gutted and the roof destroyed by a 3-alarm fire. At the October, 2018, town meeting, voters appropriated $700,000 for the purchase and stabilization of the property. Since then, the property has been cleaned, dried, and a temporary roof added to prevent future water damage. This strategically placed property connects the Roudenbush Community Center and Town Hall and abuts conservation land to the rear of the property.
The Board of Selectmen appointed the 63 Main Task Force, a committee of 13 residents, to study possible uses for the property and home. The Task Force is soliciting feedback and ideas from the community on potential ways to take advantage of this historic building in the center of Westford. This video shows the inside of the property today.
Several assumptions have been articulated by Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen, and/or 63 Main Task Force. These include:
- The community wishes to preserve the historic look of the building
- Consideration is being given to expansion of the Town Hall Parking Lot (see ideas in survey) and this idea is not mutually exclusive to any other idea
- The land is zoned residential meaning any future use is limited to residential or municipal
- Any use requiring funding would require a town meeting votes
- Survey results and Task Force input will be provided to the Board of Selectmen in August.
The Task Force is seeking feedback from the public. Please complete our online survey before July 15, 2019.