• Source: FBG-ER1905
One of several jobs known first from the 1905 FBG job notice in Engineering Record, this as an “Automobile garage, 482 Beacon St., Boston.” A chance find of a build notice filled in the details.
This would likely be one of the first purpose-built garages in any city, but it is also very small, at 32×18 feet, smaller than most suburban garages of recent years. It is also likely to be one of the smallest projects FBG ever undertook, unless more exist but were so small as to escape any kind of public notice.
The client is identified as “A.G. Van Nostrand,” almost certainly Alonzo Gilford Van Nostrand, 1854-1923, a beer baron of Boston. FBG may have undertaken this small project as a favor in hopes it would lead to bigger contracts for the brewery.
Unknown. Likely demolished. All of Beacon Street in that block is row houses built in about 1910.