New England Confectionery Company Factory

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New England Confectionery Company Factory
New England Confectionery Company Factory
New England Confectionery Company Factory is located in Massachusetts
New England Confectionery Company Factory
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′39″N 71°5′54″W / 42.36083°N 71.09833°W / 42.36083; -71.09833Coordinates: 42°21′39″N 71°5′54″W / 42.36083°N 71.09833°W / 42.36083; -71.09833
Area 3.3 acres (1.3 ha)
Architect Lockwood, Greene & Co.; Hegeman Harris Co., Inc.
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP November 9, 2005

The New England Confectionery Company Factory, also known as the NECCO Candy Factory, is an historic factory complex at 250 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The property is now owned by DFS Advisors, and is under long-term lease to Novartis. The complex, which includes the factory building, a power plant, and a modern (2003) parking garage, occupies most of an entire city block bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Cross Street, Albany Street, and Lansdowne Street. The building was constructed of reinforced concrete, faced predominantly with beige brick and trimmed with limestone. On some facades smooth concrete predominates as the finish surface. The building had a smokestack that was painted to resemble a roll of Necco Wafers; this was removed in 1996 because it was unstable.[2]

The building was constructed in 1927 for the New England Confectionery Company, which was formed in 1901 by the merger of three other businesses. It was built to serve as the company's sole manufacturing facility, replacing earlier facilities (which are now part of the Fort Point Channel Historic District) in Boston. The building was designed in the Moderne style by a company engineer, F. C. Lutze, and built by Lockwood & Greene. The company used the facility as its major production facility until 2003, when it consolidated operations in Revere.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for New England Confectionary Company Factory". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-21.