Shell Oil Company "Spectacular" Sign

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Shell Oil Company "Spectacular" Sign
Shell Oil Company Sign, Cambridge, MA.jpg
Shell Oil Company "Spectacular" Sign is located in Massachusetts
Shell Oil Company "Spectacular" Sign
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′24.5″N 71°06′51.9″W / 42.356806°N 71.114417°W / 42.356806; -71.114417Coordinates: 42°21′24.5″N 71°06′51.9″W / 42.356806°N 71.114417°W / 42.356806; -71.114417
Built 1933
Architect Donnelly Electric Manufacturing Co.
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 3, 1994

The Shell Oil Company "Spectacular" Sign is a historic sign at 187 Magazine Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. The Shell Oil Company sign was built in a Moderne style in 1933 by Donnelly Electric Manufacturing Company, and was originally located on the Shell Company building on Commonwealth Avenue. It was moved to its present site adjacent to Memorial Drive in 1944. It is, along with the Citgo sign in Boston, one of only two surviving advertising signs of its type in the area.[2]

The sign was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[1]

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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 for Shell Sign". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-23.