East Cambridge Historic District

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East Cambridge Historic District
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East Cambridge Historic District is located in Massachusetts
East Cambridge Historic District
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′12″N 71°4′51″W / 42.37000°N 71.08083°W / 42.37000; -71.08083Coordinates: 42°22′12″N 71°4′51″W / 42.37000°N 71.08083°W / 42.37000; -71.08083
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Early Republic
Governing body Local
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 30, 1983

The East Cambridge Historic District encompasses the historic center of East Cambridge, Massachusetts. This area was historically isolated from the rest of Cambridge by marshy land that was only filled in much later. The first organized development attempt, by the Lechmere Point Corporation, resulted in the layout of a rectilinear street grid in the area, the first in the Boston area. Major landmarks from the early years of its development are the 1827 Federal-style church at, built as a Congregational church and based on an Asher Benjamin design, and the Charles Bulfinch-designed county courthouse, which has been surrounded by complex of sympathetically-designed buildings. The district includes properties on Otis and Thorndike Streets between Fifth and Second Streets, plus por­tions of Spring, Sciarappa and Third Streets.[2]

The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for East Cambridge Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 

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