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State Street Block

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1858, Gridley J. F. Bryant. 177–199 State St.
  • State Street Block (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

In 1858 the landfill on the east side of India Street between the Central and Commercial wharves created the site for a block of warehouses designed by Gridley J. F. Bryant. Nine of the original fifteen sections were destroyed with the construction of the Central Artery, but the remaining portion includes the front of the block facing the U.S. Custom House (WF17). Bryant designed his warehouse block to suggest an Italian palazzo, with its rusticated base and heavy corbeled cornice. The two-story mansard roof is an early-twentieth-century addition that replaced the original low-pitched hipped roof. Even the adjacent new kiosk entrance (1999, CPF/Domenech and Hicks) for the State Street stop of the Blue Line subway responds to the power of the State Street Block.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "State Street Block", [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, 83-83.

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