The Montrose

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The Montrose
The Montrose, 1648 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA - IMG 4433.JPG
The Montrose is located in Massachusetts
The Montrose
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′52.9″N 71°7′12.3″W / 42.381361°N 71.120083°W / 42.381361; -71.120083Coordinates: 42°22′52.9″N 71°7′12.3″W / 42.381361°N 71.120083°W / 42.381361; -71.120083
Built 1898
Architect Harold,J.S.
Architectural style Renaissance, Other
Governing body Private
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 19, 1986

The Montrose is an historic multiunit residential building at 1648 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a six-story yellow brick building, whose Italian Renaissance details include a copper cornice with modillions, varied window treatments on each floor, belt courses of brickwork between some of the floors, and a front entry surround with fluted Doric columns. Built in 1898, it was one of the first "French flat" luxury apartment houses built in the city.[2] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

According to a promotional booklet[3] published in 1899, it was constructed 25 feet from its adjoining apartment block, The Dunvegan, with which it connects via an underground passage. Both buildings are of the same height and similar size (six stories in height, with a frontage of eighty-five feet), built of the same materials, and with a similar architectural appearance, although the Montrose's floorplan is roughly rectangular but the Dunvegan's is triangular. The Montrose's vestibules, front hall, and stairway are finished in Siena marble, mahogany, and mosaic floors. Each of its twelve suites originally consisted of ten rooms and a bath, as follows: parlor, reception-room, library, dining-room, four bed rooms, kitchen and servant's room, bath room, servant's water-closet, and butler's pantry.

When constructed, the building was wired for door bells and electric lights, and piped for gas and hot and cold running water. Heating was provided by low-pressure steam.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for The Montrose". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  3. ^ William G. McLeod (1899). "The Dunvegan & the Montrose". Will Bradley at the University Press.