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FBG Project D-011

Source: Yost

Brick Chimney & Powerhouse for Cambridge Electric Light Co

  • Cambridge, MA
  • 1902
  • Engineer: Sheaff & Janstad (Boston)
  • Demolished, year unknown

A brick powerhouse and 255-foot chimney for Cambridge Electric Light Company, located on the bank of the Charles River at Western Avenue. Exact location uncertain.

Engineering Record article 1 Nov 1902 says the powerplant was “recently completed.” A 1995 book says it was built in five months. Other notes claim the last 100 feet of the chimney was built in 14 days. Bricklaying System has a number of construction photos of the chimney.

A preliminary call for workers in July 1901 indicates the project may have been delayed for some time.

FBG Provenance

  • Noted in Field System with captioned photo.
  • Noted in Engineering Record and Engineering Magazine.
  • Local notice


  • Believed demolished, date unknown.
  • Was located “on Western Avenue, near the Charles River.” Probably demolished to make room for Harvard Business School.


  • Boston Post, 18 Jun 1901:

  • Frontispiece photo from Field System, 1908:

  • Engineering Magazine, August 1903

 Engineering Magazine, August 1903

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