In the midst of pouring through invoices and bills for the Rockport Granite Company from 1866 – 1872 I am startled when I come across a relative or two.
Erected in 1912, the National State Bank of Newark NJ, featured a base of grey granite and monolith Sea Green Granite Columns.
These perspectives images of building and monument examples resulting from Rockport Granite Company contracts, were acquired by the SBHS in summer 2013. The cataloging, description and identification (where necessary) of each photo has been undertaken by Leslie D. Bartlett as part of his on-going research into the era of quarrying granite on Cape Ann. Often the photos do indicate the type of granite and historical location. It is of interest to note as well that duplicate copies have been found for many of the buildings. I believe that this allowed the Rockport Granite Company to assemble a marketing kit of examples to present to potential clients.
“One time last summer I go over Rockport Granite Company quarry. walk down on dock, see stone-cutter’s sheds,
all go to pieces, walk under bridge, along where tracks was, all gone down, pull up…” -Gor Svenson 1935
The two images below illustrate the relative quick return of vegetation below the Keystone Bridge, once the Rockport Granite Company ceased operation. The first image is circa 1930: It looks out toward Granite Pier, with the full complement of RR tracks.
The second image here below is taken but five years after the Rockport Granite Company dissolves.
The steel tracks are gone, railroad ties still embedded. Now 82 years later, there are only tiny traces of what once was
part of the daily quarry life in Rockport…
This is an amazing document which reveals the Rockport Granite Company as landowner; it is the written agreement between William L. Langsford (and Eli Morgan ,Elizabeth?) and the Rockport Granite Company.
The house purchase is for $225.00 outright, without title or ownership of land. The Rockport Granite Company reserves the right to give six months notice for the house to be moved off quarry property.
The contract is dated September 13th, 1865; notice given January(?) 29, 1869
One of the most complex monument projects undertaken by The Rockport Granite Company was the contract to cut and assemble 4 sixteen-foot high eagles for the Boston Customhouse clock tower. Completed in 1915 the eagles were touted as being the largest in the United States at that time. The assembled eagles, perched nearly 500 feet atop the Customhouse tower, provided the Rockport Granite Company with an elevated visibility and the Company shrewdly incorporated the Eagle as ‘The King of Rocks.’ The Company’s advertising portfolio cover trumpeted their accomplishment.