Brattle Hall

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Brattle Hall
Brattle Hall in Cambridge, MA.jpg
Brattle Hall is located in Massachusetts
Brattle Hall
Brattle Hall is located in the US
Brattle Hall
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′24.7″N 71°7′17.5″W / 42.373528°N 71.121528°W / 42.373528; -71.121528Coordinates: 42°22′24.7″N 71°7′17.5″W / 42.373528°N 71.121528°W / 42.373528; -71.121528
Built 1889
Architect Longfellow, Alden & Harlow
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Other
Part of Harvard Square Historic District (#86003654)
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP reference #


Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1982
Designated CP July 28, 1988

Brattle Hall is a historic building at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Colonial Revival building was constructed in 1889 for the Cambridge Social Union to a design by Longfellow, Alden & Harlow. The Union was established as a social club in 1871, and moved into the adjacent William Brattle House in 1889. The hall was built to house the organization's library, and to provide a space for larger meetings and social functions. Original Dutch Colonial in character, the building acquired more of a Colonial Revival styling with the addition in 1907 of the brick ends, as designed by architect Charles Cogswell.[2]

The building continues to serve as a social center today. It houses the Brattle Theatre, a repertory movie house operated by a local non-profit, a restaurant in its basement, and a coffee shop on its first level.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982,[1] and included in an expansion of the Harvard Square Historic District in 1988.[2]

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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. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Brattle Hall". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-07.