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view from Land Boulevard


entrance arch detail


entrance arch detail


typical assembly of tile with steel tension tie

basement corridor view


basement corridor view



 







ATHENAEUM PRESS BUILDING

address
215 First Street
architect
Lockwood, Green & Company
building construction date(s)

1895
dates of Guastavino involvement
1895
vault types/locations
glazed tile vaults at central and wing porches
bibliographic information

East Cambridge Architectural Guide, p.210
notes
The Athenaeum Press Building is one of the largest Guastavino projects in the Boston Area. The entire basement assembly is in Guastavino tiling topped by 5 stories of wood-framed brick clad warehouse space. The East Cambridge Architectural Guide provides this summary of the building's novelty which Guastavino vaulting, though unnamed, is an integral part :

"One of the earliest buildings (on First Street) was the Athenaeum Press (1895) which covers the whole block of First, Second, Athenaeum and Munroe. Designed by Lockwood, Greene & Co. the 200 x 70 foot building combined conventional 19th century mil construction techniques with a new emphasis on structural and manufacturing efficiency, including innovations in ventilation, plumbing, lighting and fireproofing. Since the Athenaeum Press occupied a prominent riverfront location, many stylistic features were added to the exterior, including a central pavillion topped by a statue of Athena (which has recently been reinstalled)."

image credits
Chris Muskopf