Holbrook-Sawyer Building

521 Main Street

The Holbrook-Sawyer Building was built around 1851-1860 and located in the heart of  downtown Worcester. Although the façade is currently covered in mid-20th-century sheathing, it is likely that beneath  it will be found a classic example of Italianate style architecture featuring arcaded window caps supported by paired columns.  If this is the case, this building would not only be one of the few downtown structures surviving from the mid-19th century but also the only one of  its  architectural type in the city – an  outstanding contribution to the streetscape.

In June 2017, Worcester officials declared the building unsafe when they discovered bricks falling off the rear façade.  As a result, the Great Wall Restaurant located there  was closed, and the building is  currently unoccupied.