You are here

Bigelow Block

-A A +A
1886, John R. Hall. Forest and Salem sts.
  • Bigelow Block (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The Bigelow Block is the most outstanding survivor of Medford's nineteenth-century commercial district, much of which was altered or replaced in the early twentieth century as the city became a streetcar suburb for Boston. Edward T. Bigelow lived in Medford and worked in Boston when he constructed this prominently sited building with businesses on the ground floor and residences above. John R. Hall took maximum advantage of the site by creating a dramatic curved facade that faced this major intersection, accentuated with a three-tiered oriel window capped with a conical roof and finial, all fabricated with copper sheathing. The rows of multiple chimneys, originally linked by cast-iron cresting, enhance the building's bold silhouette.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


What's Nearby


Keith N. Morgan, "Bigelow Block", [Medford, 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, 408-408.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,