In 1998, the Sippican Historical Society commissioned an architectural survey of Marion’s historic homes and buildings. The survey was funded one-half by the Sippican Historical Society and one-half by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Due to the limits of funding, not all of the historic buildings were surveyed, but over 100 were catalogued and photographed. The results of the survey are in digital form on the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s website and in four binders in the Sippican Historical Society’s office (and at the Marion Town Clerk’s office).
Marion (Old Rochester) is one of the oldest towns in the United States, and the Sippican Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of documentation on its historic buildings. The Sippican Historical Society will preview one building a week so that the residents of Marion can understand more about its unique historical architecture.
This installment features 20 Cottage Street. Situated at the southwest corner of Cottage and School Streets, 20 Cottage Street is a Queen Anne and Colonial Revival residence built for Florence and Walton S. Delano during the 1890s. He commuted from Marion to Wareham, where he was employed by A.S. Guerney and Company, dealers in coal, grain, and flour. The Delanos lived here until at least the mid-1920s.