Almshouse (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Almshouse (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Almshouse (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Almshouse (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is located in USA
Almshouse (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Location 45 Matignon Road, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°24′7″N 71°7′58″W / 42.40194°N 71.13278°W / 42.40194; -71.13278Coordinates: 42°24′7″N 71°7′58″W / 42.40194°N 71.13278°W / 42.40194; -71.13278
Built 1850
Architect Bryant,Gridley J. F.; Dwight,Rev. Louis
Architectural style Greek Revival, Italianate
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP April 13, 1982

The Almshouse is an historic almshouse located at 45 Matignon Road in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is now the site of the International School of Boston's main campus.

It is a large three-story stone structure with modest Greek Revival styling. It has a central octagonal administrative section from which four wings of varying sizes radiate. The building was built out of slate quarried on site, with dressed dark granite corner quoining. The building was designed by architect Gridley J.F. Bryant and prison reform expert Rev. Louis Dwight. A similar design was used by Bryant for Boston's Charles Street Jail (built in 1848). The building was the fifth and final instance of an almshouse built by the city.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, where it is incorrectly listed at 41 Orchard Street.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Almshouse". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-05-22.