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Lechmere Point Corporation Houses

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1821. 47–51 Gore and 25 3rd sts.
  • Lechmere Point Corporation Houses (Keith Morgan)

The oldest buildings in East Cambridge, built in 1821 by the Lechmere Point Corporation, are examples of the multiple-family industrial housing that came to dominate the area. Andrew Craigie, who began buying land in East Cambridge in 1795, formed an investment group to build the Craigie (or Canal) Bridge in 1807–1809 at the present Charles River Dam. Once the connection to Boston was made, Craigie formed the Lechmere Point Corporation to develop his three hundred acres on and around Lechmere Point for industry, the courthouse, and housing. The five-bay red brick house with low gabled roof on 3rd Street is typical of the earliest housing in East Cambridge. Those on Gore Street, a side-entrance three-bay urban row type, were originally two and a half stories although individual alterations have produced an eclectic modern roofline.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Lechmere Point Corporation Houses", [Cambridge, 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, 288-288.

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