Bancroft Tower in Worcester, Massachusetts is a historic structure that was built in 1900. It is named after Worcester native, former Secretary of the Navy, diplomat, and historian George Bancroft. The tower is a 56-foot-tall natural stone and granite structure. It is located in Salisbury Park and was designed by Worcester architects, Earle and Fisher. The construction cost was around $15,000. The tower was left to the Worcester Art Museum, which gave it to the Worcester Parks Department in 1912. On March 5, 1980, the Bancroft Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The grounds surrounding Bancroft Tower are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Every Sunday in October (weather permitting), the 501(c)3 organization Park Spirit opens the Tower to the public. The organization allows anybody to enter the tower and explore its reaches. Within the tower, historical exhibitions tell the story of Stephen Salisbury III, the Tower’s builder, and George Bancroft, the Tower’s namesake.
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- Opened: 1900
- Original function: Monument was named after Worcester native, former Secretary of the Navy, diplomat, and historian George Bancroft.
- Architect(s): Earle & Fisher
- Year added to NRHP: 1980
- NRHP number: 80000524
- Status: Public
- Admission cost: Free