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Wigglesworth Building

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1873, Bradlee and Winslow. 89–93 Franklin St.
  • Wigglesworth Building (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The Wigglesworth Building is rounded to conform to the curvilinear portion of Franklin Street, as did the Tontine Crescent by Charles Bulfinch, which stood on this site until the mid-1850s. That famous block of houses was replaced by commercial buildings, which burned in the 1872 fire. Bradlee and Winslow were among the most prolific designers in Boston during the three decades following the Civil War. The choice of brick construction over the more common granite in the postfire construction period was probably because the material lent itself more readily to the serpentine shape of the building, which rounds the corner at Franklin and Devonshire streets. Stone lintels with incised ornament link the fenestration at the second-, third-, and fourth-floor levels of its curving facade.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Wigglesworth 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, 70-71.

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