B and B Chemical Company

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B and B Chemical Company
B and B Chemical Company, 780 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA - IMG 2955.JPG
B and B Chemical Company is located in Massachusetts
B and B Chemical Company
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′35″N 71°6′57″W / 42.35972°N 71.11583°W / 42.35972; -71.11583Coordinates: 42°21′35″N 71°6′57″W / 42.35972°N 71.11583°W / 42.35972; -71.11583
Built 1937
Architect Coolidge,Shepley,Bulfinch & Abbott
Architectural style Streamline Moderne
Governing body Private
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP April 13, 1982

The B and B Chemical Company is an historic streamline moderne building at 784 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The building was constructed in 1937 to a design by Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch & Abbott, and was intended for use as an integrated office, laboratory, and small-scale production space for the B & B Chemical Company, a subsidiary of the United Shoe Machinery Corporation. It later served as the headquarters for the Polaroid Corporation. The facility produced adhesives used in the shoe manufacturing process at other plants. The building is architecturally notable as one of the city's first examples of the style.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] It is owned by The Bulfinch Companies of Needham, Massachusetts.[3]

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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 and NRHP nomination for B & B Chemical Company". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  3. ^ "The Polaroid Building-784 Memorial Drive". The Bulfinch Companies, Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2012.