Athenaeum Press

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Athenaeum Press
Athenaeum Press building.jpg
Athenaeum Press is located in Massachusetts
Athenaeum Press
Location 215 1st Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′51″N 71°04′45″W / 42.364200°N 71.0793°W / 42.364200; -71.0793Coordinates: 42°21′51″N 71°04′45″W / 42.364200°N 71.0793°W / 42.364200; -71.0793
Built 1895
Architect Lockwood,Greene,& Co.
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #

82001917

[1]
Added to NRHP April 13, 1982

The Athenӕum Press Building is an historic building located at 215 First Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It occupies the entire block between First Street, Second Street, Athenaeum Street, and Linskey Way (formerly Munroe Street). Topped by a statue of Athena, it is visible from the Charles River and Longfellow Bridge.

History[edit]

The building was designed by Lockwood, Greene & Company (with tile vaults designed by the Guastavino Company[2]) and completed in 1895. It was built for Ginn and Company, owners of the Athenaeum Press, to house its printing operations, and was built using principles of late 19th-century textile mill construction. Due to its highly visible location, the building was given a number of stylistic embellishments.[3] The front of the building resembles an Ancient Greek temple implemented in brick, patinated copper, and glass. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The building was the third major printing house built in Cambridge (after those of Harvard University Press and Riverside Press), and one of the first major industrial sites on Cambridge's riverfront.[3]

The building has 380,000 square feet (35,000 m2) of floor space and was renovated circa 2005. The facility was used for many years to print textbooks.[4] Ginn later became part of the Penguin Group.

Current use[edit]

As of 2011, the largest tenant in the building is the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston.[5] Other occupants include the Cambridge Athletic Club (a local gym) and a variety of small businesses.

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External links[edit]

  • Souvenir of the Athenaeum Press by Ginn and Company, 1903. A 24-page book with descriptions and photographs, available for free download.
  • Silent movie showcasing printing activities in the building in 1925. Moviecraft archive.