Bedford Block

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Bedford Block
Bedford Building Boston.jpg
Bedford Block is located in Boston
Bedford Block
Bedford Block is located in Massachusetts
Bedford Block
Bedford Block is located in the US
Bedford Block
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′11.44″N 71°3′29.04″W / 42.3531778°N 71.0580667°W / 42.3531778; -71.0580667Coordinates: 42°21′11.44″N 71°3′29.04″W / 42.3531778°N 71.0580667°W / 42.3531778; -71.0580667
Built 1875
Architect Charles Amos Cummings; Willard T. Sears
Architectural style Venetian Gothic
NRHP Reference #

79000368

[1]
Added to NRHP August 21, 1979

The Bedford Block is an historic commercial building at 99 Bedford Street Boston, Massachusetts in an area called Church Green. Built in 1875 in a style promoted by John Ruskin called Venetian Gothic. The style may also be referred to as Ruskinian Gothic.[2]

It was designed by Charles Amos Cummings and Willard T. Sears for Henry and Francis Lee [3] as a retail shoe center in an area that had been destroyed by the Great Boston Fire of 1872.[4] The building was added to the National Historic Register in 1979. Building was renovated in 1983 in conjunction with the Bay-Bedford Company.[2]

The Bedford Block's exterior is constructed of polychromatic bands of New Brunswick red granite, Tuckahoen marble, and pressed terra-cotta panels manufactured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2][5] It was the first building after the Great Fire to use New Brunswick red granite as a material.[4]

The first floor features rough rustic blocks. Upper floor details include arched bay windows, Viollet-le-Duc inspired iron balconets[4] and flat column pilasters.[2] Each roof gable is topped with a finial crown.[2] There is a glazed tile clock is located in a 5-story tower at the corner of Bedford and Summer streets.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Susan Southworth; Michael Southworth (2008). AIA Guide to Boston (3rd ed.). Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot. ISBN 978-0-7627-4337-7. 
  3. ^ Richard M. Candee; Naomi Miller; et al. (2009). Morgan, Keith N., ed. Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston.. University of Virginia Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-8139-2709-1. 
  4. ^ a b c Mary Melvin Petronella; Edward W. Gordon (2004). Victorian Boston today: twelve walking tours. UPNE. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-55553-605-3. 
  5. ^ Richard M. Candee; Naomi Miller; et al. (2009). Morgan, Keith N., ed. Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston.. University of Virginia Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-8139-2709-1. 

References[edit]

  • Morgan, Keith N., editor, Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, et al. Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston. University of Virginia Press: 2009. ISBN 978-0-8139-2709-1.
  • Placzek, Adolf K. Macmillan. Encyclopedia of Architects. 4 vols. Free Press: 1982. ISBN 0-02-925000-5.
  • Shand-Tucci, Douglas. Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1800–2000. The University of Massachusetts Press: 1999. ISBN 1-55849-201-1.
  • Withey, Henry F. Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased). Hennessey & Ingalls: 1970.