Barnard’s Folly

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“Barnard’s Folly,” the residence of Louis Laurent Barnard, 139 North Main Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, c. 1870. Albumen print, unidentified photographer.

Deemed “an eccentric outburst of extravagance,” this double mansion had twenty-two rooms on its first and second floors; its elaborate furnishings included a pipe organ. The building was divided in two in 1906 and renovated as multi-family units. It still stands at 547-549 and 551-555 North Main Street, sans the grandeur of another age.

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