Gore Place is a 50-acre country estate in the city, a grand mansion steeped in history, a working farm, and an invaluable community resource. Gore Place is located at 52 Gore St. in Waltham, just nine miles from the heart of Boston. The grounds are open to the public as a community resource.
Who Were the Gores?
Christopher and Rebecca Gore were prominent Bostonians who lived during and after the American Revolution. Christopher served as governor of Massachusetts and a United States senator. The Gores built their home in 1806. With the help of a Parisian architect, Rebecca planned the Federal-style mansion — a rare opportunity for a woman of the time. The Gores filled the house with locally made furniture and beautiful art, much of which remains in place today.
The Carriage House
The Carriage House was built on the Gore Place grounds around 1793. It stands as a fine example of classically inspired architecture. Around the time when the Gores built their first home on the property (later replaced by the mansion that stands today), they had this outbuilding constructed to house horse-drawn carriages and wagons. The Carriage House was extensively renovated in the late 19th century — perhaps in response to changes in farming technology. Later, the building survived a significant fire.
In 1965, the Carriage House was moved so that the City of Waltham could widen Gore Street. Unfortunately, the new location was a low, damp spot on the landscape. So, in 2014, the Carriage House was moved again, this time to the site where it stood in the early 1800s. (The 260-foot-move took five days of preparation but only 20 minutes of moving!) At the same time, the historic building was comprehensively restored. The Carriage House is available for private events.