Winthrop Building

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Winthrop Building
Winthrop Building Boston.jpg
Winthrop Building is located in Boston
Winthrop Building
Winthrop Building is located in Massachusetts
Winthrop Building
Winthrop Building is located in the US
Winthrop Building
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′27″N 71°3′29″W / 42.35750°N 71.05806°W / 42.35750; -71.05806Coordinates: 42°21′27″N 71°3′29″W / 42.35750°N 71.05806°W / 42.35750; -71.05806
Built 1894
Built by Woodbury & Leighton
Architect Blackall & Newton
Architectural style Second Renaissance Revival[2]
NRHP reference # 74000392[1]
Added to NRHP April 18, 1974

The Winthrop Building is an historic skyscraper at 7 Water Street (intersection with Washington Street) in Boston, Massachusetts.

The nine story brick and terracotta building was designed by Clarence H. Blackall in the Renaissance Revival style, and has the distinction of being the first skyscraper in the city to have been constructed with a steel frame.[2] Completed in 1894, it was originally known as the Carter Building, but was renamed the Winthrop Building in 1899 after the Puritan Governor John Winthrop, whose second house was located adjacent to the site.[3] Prominent past tenants include Landscape Architect Fletcher Steele in the 1920s[4] and the Boston offices of the Associated Press.[5]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974,[1] and was designated a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 2016.[6]


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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. Massachusetts Historical Commission. Accessed 2015-08-29.
  3. ^ The Winthrop-Carter Building: Boston Landmarks Commission Study Report. Boston Landmarks Commission. Accessed 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ "Tufts Digital Library - View Text tufts:central:dca:UA069:UA069.005.DO.00005".
  5. ^ Service Bulletin of the Associated Press - No. 16. New York: May 15, 1907. p. 16
  6. ^ Boston Landmarks Commission Names Roxbury’s Kittredge House and Downtown’s Winthrop-Carter Building Boston Landmarks. Historic Boston Incorporated. January 19, 2016. Accessed 2016-06-01.