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Boston Transcript Building

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1873, Gridley J. F. Bryant and Louis P. Rogers. 322–328 Washington St.
  • Boston Transcript Building (NRD) (Keith Morgan)

No architect designed more nineteenth-century commercial buildings in Boston than did Gridley J. F. Bryant. Most examples of his work were lost in the Great Boston Fire of 1872, and many others built subsequent to that have also been demolished. Bryant designed the Transcript Building in partnership with Louis P. Rogers. Its location at the corner of Milk Street opposite the Old South Church marked the northern extent of the fire district. With the Transcript Building, Bryant and Rogers produced their quintessential Mansard-style commercial block that once dominated the architecture of the city's business district. The Milk Street facade, in which the dormers and quoins suggest a central and flanking pavilions, is a smaller scale version of the bold Second Empire–style designs that were extremely characteristic of Bryant.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Boston Transcript Building", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 61-61.

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