Arthur D. Little Inc., Building

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Arthur D. Little, Inc., Building
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Arthur D. Little Inc., Building is located in Massachusetts
Arthur D. Little Inc., Building
Arthur D. Little Inc., Building is located in the US
Arthur D. Little Inc., Building
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′40.1″N 71°4′55.9″W / 42.361139°N 71.082194°W / 42.361139; -71.082194Coordinates: 42°21′40.1″N 71°4′55.9″W / 42.361139°N 71.082194°W / 42.361139; -71.082194
Built 1917
NRHP Reference # 76001970[1]
Added to NRHP December 8, 1976

The Arthur D. Little Inc., Building is a National Historic Landmark at 30 Memorial Drive[2] in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The building was constructed in 1917 for the Arthur D. Little Company alongside the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Arthur D. Little Company was founded in 1886 by Arthur Dehon Little, and was originally located on Milk Street in Boston. The three story brick building on Memorial Drive was constructed by the company to meet increasing demand for laboratory space, and is an architecturally unexceptional commercial structure. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark for its association with the Little company, the first business to be established as a consulting laboratory in the nation. Prior to its founding, individual businesses established their own research laboratories to make technological innovations. Little, and his partner William H. Walker, were among the first academically oriented researchers to create a consulting laboratory whose services could be hired by businesses. At first focused on the chemistry of cellulose and its uses in textiles and paper, the company was by 1909 the largest consulting industrial laboratory in the nation, and worked a wide array of research disciplines. Little was an early advocate of the importance of technological innovation, recognizing its importance in maintaining commercial success. He ran the company until is death in 1935, and willed his shares to MIT.[3]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Scatter Acorns That Oaks May Grow: An Arthur D. Little Exhibit. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Institute Archives and Special Collections. 2009-08-25. 
  3. ^ "NHL nomination for Arthur D. Little Inc., Building" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-03-20.