FBG Project D-011
• Source: Yost
Brick Chimney & Powerhouse for Cambridge Electric Light Co
- Cambridge, MA
- 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.
- 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
Books & Articles
- Engineering Record, 1 Nov 1902