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Coordinates: 42°20′50″N 71°14′58″W / 42.34722°N 71.24944°W / 42.34722; -71.24944

Auburndale, known to some residents as The Dale, is one of the 13 villages of Newton, Massachusetts. It lies at the western end of Newton near the intersection of interstate highways 90 and 95, and is bisected by the Massachusetts Turnpike. Auburndale is surrounded by three other Newton villages (West Newton, Waban, and Newton Lower Falls) as well as the city of Waltham and the town of Weston. Auburndale is the home of Williams and Burr elementary schools, as well as Lasell College. Auburndale Square is the location of the Auburndale Community Library which is no longer affiliated with the Newton Free Library, the Turtle Lane Playhouse, and many small businesses.

The Turtle Lane Playhouse

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History

The first major settler in the area was William Robinson who built a house in 1678 on what is now Freeman Street. The oldest house in Auburndale stands at 473 Auburn Street and was built in 1730 by William Robinson.[1]

Auburndale, sometimes billed as ""Auburndale-on-the-Charles"", was the home of Norumbega Park which closed in 1963. The park included rides, a zoo, and boating. The nationally-famous big band venue Totem Pole Ballroom was associated with Norumbega Park and closed in 1964.[2]

National Register historic sites

See Main Article List of Registered Historic Places in Newton, Massachusetts

Twenty places in Auburndale are on the National Register of Historic Places, as follows

Image Site Name Street address Built/Founded/Comments Date
designated
Auburndale Congregational Church-United Parish of Auburndale 64 Hancock St.  ? October 4, 1986
Clark House 379 Central St.  ? October 4, 1986
E. C. Hammond House 35 Groveland St.  ? March 16, 1990
Harding House-Walker Missionary Home 161-163 Grove St.  ? October 4, 1986
House at 203 Islington Road 203 Islington Rd.  ? October 4, 1986
House at 102 Staniford Street 102 Staniford St.  ? October 4, 1986
House at 2212 Commonwealth Avenue 2212 Commonwealth Ave.  ? October 4, 1986
House at 230 Melrose Street 230 Melrose St.  ? October 4, 1986
House at 307 Lexington Street 307 Lexington St.  ? October 4, 1986
House at 31 Woodbine Street 31 Woodbine St.  ? October 4, 1986
Lasell Neighborhood Historic District Roughly bounded by Woodland and Studio Rds., Aspen and Seminary Aves., and Grove St. Includes Lasell College.  ? October 4, 1986
Mayor Edwin O. Childs House 340 California St.  ? March 16, 1990
Old Shephard Farm 1832 Washington St., on city rolls as 39 Stanton Avenue  ? October 4, 1986
Plummer Memorial Library 375 Auburn St.  ? March 16, 1990
Riverside Concrete Company-Lamont's Market 2 Charles St.  ? March 16, 1990
Rufus Estabrook House 33 Woodland Rd  ? October 4, 1986
The Eminence 122 Islington Rd.  ? October 4, 1986
Walker Home for Missionary Children 161-63, 165, 167 Grove St., 136, 138, 144 Hancock St.  ? July 4, 1992
Whittemore's Tavern 473 Auburn St.  ? October 4, 1986
Winslow-Haskell Mansion 53 Vista Ave.  ? November 25, 1979

Local Historic District

Established in 2005, the Auburndale Historic District includes approximately 275 properties and encompasses two National Register Districts.[3] [4]

Notable residents

Places of worship

Points of interest

  • Auburndale Cove Park & Playground, West Pine Street.[9]
  • Breadsong Bakery, 14 Staniford Street.
  • Charles River Canoe & Kayak, 2401 Commonwealth Ave [10]
  • Ice Cream Club, 418 Lexington Street. [Closed as of 2009]
  • Just Next Door Card & Gift Shop, 327 Auburn Street.
  • Knotty Pine Restaurant, 295 Auburn Street.
  • Norumbega Park Conservation Area.[11]
  • Tom's Pizza & Sandwich Shop, 423 Lexington Street. [12]
  • Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose Street[13]

See also

References

External links

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