Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Memorial Hall (1870), Harvard University, Cambridge.
[Ware & Van Brunt] William Robert Ware (1832–1915), and Henry Van Brunt (1832-1903)
Symphony Hall (1900), Boston.
[McKim, Mead, and White] Charles Follen McKim (1847-1909), William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928), and Stanford White (1853-1906).
Academy Building (1876), Fall River (aka Borden Block)
[Hartwell & Swazey] Henry Walker Hartwell (1833-1919), Albert E. Swazey, Jr.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Government Center (1976), Fall River.
[Continental Engineering Corp.]
“Air rights” obtained from Federal Highway officials in the 1960’s. Construction was delayed for several years as the city debated costs and varying design schemes.
Designed by Continental Engineering Corp. of East Providence in the Brutalist style, made popular by Paul Rudolph and others. Construction by Dimeo of Providence began in 1973, and was completed by July 1976.
East Brookfield Depot, East Brookfield.
[Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge]
One of 23 stations designed by the firm for the Boston and Albany Railroad between 1886 and 1894.
In 2002 it was listed on Preservation Massachusetts' Most Engangered List. It is still very much threatened.
UPDATE: Very sadly destroyed by fire in September 2010.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Pilgrim Monument (1910), Provincetown
[Willard Thomas Sears]
This 252-foot tall tower is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States, and is part of the Provincetown historic district.
Naumkeag Steam Cotton Mills, Salem.
Constructed by New England Concrete Construction Company.
One of the city's leading industries, totally destroyed by the Great Salem Fire of 1914. The complex was soon rebuilt using reinforced concrete, a relatively new material at the time.
Attleborough Falls Gasholder (1874), North Attleborough.
Originally used to store gas manufactured from coal for lighting. Also known as a "Gasometer" this conical shaped building would have originally contained an iron tank for gas storage. These buildings were once very common in almost every city and town in New England. Today, less than two dozen survive across the United States. The town of North Attleborough has two remaining Gas Holders. This one has been converted into offices. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Bristol County Superior Courthouse (1894), Taunton.
[Frank Irving Cooper]
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 along with the nearby Registry of Deeds and District Court House.
Boyden Hall (1926), Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater.
BSC's main administrative building. Named after Albert Boyden, former principal of what was then known as the State Normal School at Bridgewater.
Grain and Flour Exchange Building (1893), Milk Street, Boston.
[Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge] George Foster Shepley (1860-1903), Charles Hercules Rutan (1851-1914), and Charles Allerton Coolidge (1858-1932)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Brick Mill (1826)Whitinsville, Massachusetts [Paul C. Whitin]
Once part of the Whitin Machine Works, one of the largest manufacturers of textile machinery in the world. Perhaps the oldest extant mill in the State that has not been significantly altered.
It has been recently restored.