First take a look at Charles Baker’s own colonial revival-style residence in Framingham Center. His house was featured in House Beautiful (August, 1917)
My research on Charles Baker began at the Boston Public Library, where they keep a card file on Boston architects. This prolific architect began his career in Framingham and opened an office in Boston in 1908. He lived most of his life in Framingham.
Next I paid a visit to the Massachusetts Archives on Morrissey Boulevard which keeps an old wooden card file of building plans from towns all over Massachusetts. The small Southborough collection includes a roll of the original building plans (blueprints) for a “Grade Schoolhouse for Southborough”. The eleven plans were in perfect condition, and displayed the crisp simplicity of the colonial revival-style schoolhouse. At the bottom of each plan was written — Charles M. Baker Architect, 25 Arch Street, Boston. The blueprints were dated 6-25-29. In 2008, Southborough Historical Commission ordered digital and hard copies for their archives. See thumbnails below:
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The Mass. Archives building also houses the offices and files of the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), who have an online database of all historic buildings surveyed for the Commission.
The table below lists buildings designed by Charles M. Baker from MHC’s MACRIS files. Baker built many schools and community centers, houses, churches and a commercial building. He was active locally in Framingham and Southborough, but the table also shows the diversity of his architectural practice.
|Owner/ Name||Date||Building Type||Location||Style||Material|
|Peters High School Annex||1929||School,
Police Station (1971)
|Southborough Fire Station||1927||Fire Station, Restaurant||Southborough||Colonial Revival||Brick|
|Leo L. Bagley Post of American Legion,||1921-22||East Wing, Community Center||Southborough||Shingle Style||Wood|
|Fayville Baptist Church||1919||Church, Business Office||Southborough||Colonial Revival||Wood|
|Framingham Community Building, E.W. Dennison Memorial Building||c.1928||Community Center||Framingham||Colonial Revival||Brick|
|Danforth Museum||c.1909||Museum, Farley Middle School, Community Center, Meeting Hall||Framingham||Classical Revival||Brick|
|Jonathan Maynard School **||1916||School||Framingham Center, Local Historic District, 1995||Colonial Revival||Brick|
|West Boston Gas Co.||1927-8||Commercial block||Framingham||Colonial Revival||Brick|
|Roosevelt School||1924||School||South Framingham||Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic||Brick|
|L. Allen Kingsbury Elementary School ***||1924||School, Vacant||Wellesley||Colonial Revival||Brick|
|Theodore Roosevelt Grammar School||1924||School||Melrose||Classical Revival||Brick|
|North Easton Grammar School||1916||Public School, Vacant, Rehab. housing||North Easton, National Register District, 1972||Georgian Revival||Brick, cast stone|
|Natick High School||1912||School, Town Hall||13 East Central St, Natick||Classical Revival||Brick|
|Marlborough High School||1897||School||255 Main St.
Marlborough, National Register District, 1998
|First Parish Church||1926||Church||Framingham Center||Classical Revival||Brick|
|Herbert Taylor House||1937||Summer Residence||Oyster Harbors, Osterville||Colonial Revival||Wood shingle|
|Barbara Pierce Pearmain||1926||Summer House||Oyster Harbors, Osterville||Colonial Revival||Wood|
** Architects: Charles M. Baker; Brodie; Kilham, Hopkins & Greeley
*** Architect, Benjamin Proctor, Jr., associate architect Charles M. Baker