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Old State House and Ames Building, Boston, Mass.

PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.7430.001 (RS481)

Description

At the center of the view from 53 State Street is the Old State House and its balcony from which the Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston. The taller Ames Building, in view up Court Street, was the second tallest mason bearing-wall structure in the world (after the Monadnock Building in Chicago). The Ames was designed by Boston architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge. The building directly in front of the Old State House, on Washington Street, is the Sears Building with the Rogers Building to the left of it. The building to the left of the Old State House is the First National Bank Building.

Details

Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
PC001
Dates
undated
Date Notes
ca. 1891
Physical Description
1 photographic print
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000481
AccessID: 707
Other identifier: HNEDID-000481
GUSN
195365
Reference Code
PC001.02.01.USMA.0340.7430.001

Record details

Originator
Coolidge, Baldwin, 1845-1928 (photographer)
Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge (Architect)
Other Organizations
Ames family
Descriptive Terms
Georgian (British Renaissance-Baroque style)
capitols
commercial buildings
exterior views
historic buildings
intersections
landmark buildings
public buildings
skyscrapers
streetscapes
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Subjects
Architectural photography
Court Street (Boston, Mass.)
Freedom Trail (Boston, Mass.)
State Street (Boston, Mass.)
Washington Street (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Ames Building (Boston, Mass.)
First National Bank Building (Boston, Mass.)
Old State House (Boston, Mass.)
Rogers Building (209 Washington Street, Boston, Mass.)
Sears Building (Boston, Mass.)
Location Note
Geographic / Mass. / Boston / State St. / Birdseye Views / Large: Unmounted.

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Comments

Old State House and Ames Building, Boston, Mass., undated #

AvatarPosted by John on August 17, 2015
The first tallest mason bearing-wall structure being the Monadnock Building in Chicago.

RE: Old State House and Ames Building, Boston, Mass., undated #

AvatarPosted by Abigail Cramer on August 18, 2015
Hello John,

I have added the information about the first tallest mason bearing-wall structure to the record. Thank you for supplying this information.

Best,
Abigail Cramer
Librarian/Archivist
Historic New England