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Monks Building

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1873, 18n Alexander Esty. 366 W Broadway.
  • Monks Building (Keith Morgan)

Richard J. Monks, a banker and lumber merchant, hired Alexander Esty to design this building for offices of Monks and Co., flour and grain dealers. Few commercial buildings in Boston more strongly suggest English Victorian architecture than this one. Designed in the High Victorian Gothic style, it occupies a narrow urban lot with its two-bay principal facade on West Broadway, and the body of the building extending eleven bays along E Street. Its steeply pitched polychromatic slate gable roofs ornamented by decorative dormers and chimneys make the Monks Building a highly unusual landmark for the neighborhood of South Boston. Primarily known for the design of Gothic schools and churches, Esty reveals here his deep interest in English architectural sources.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Monks 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, 226-226.

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