Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Overview Historical Note: The Cambridge (Mass.) Park Commission was established in 1892, with a Board of Park Commissioners. Before that, Cambridge only had a few poorly planned and maintained public parks with no public programs. The commissioners hired landscape architect Charles Eliot and his firm, Olmsted, Olmsted, & Eliot to improve the existing parks and plan new ones in poorer, more congested neighborhoods. At the same time the city acquired Donnelly Field in East Cambridge, Rindge Field in...
Overview Biography Note: The Cogswell family began living at 61 Kirkland Street May 1882. Edward R. Cogswell, a physician, and his wife Sarah moved into the house with their four children: Charles N., George P., Margaret E., and Edward R. Jr. Charles Northend Cogswell was born July 11, 1864, moving to the Kirkland house when he was 18. Charles went to Joshua Kendall’s School in Cambridge and graduated from Harvard in 1886. He went on to study architecture at M.I.T. and the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris. He...
Overview Biography Note: The Mellens were a very prominent family in Cambridge, and their soap business, Curtis Davis & Co., became the American branch of Lever Brothers, the largest soap manufacturer in the world at the time. Collection Description: Family photographs as well as photographs of both the interior and exterior of Mellen family homes in Cambridge. Also included are documents related to one of the homes. Many of the photographs have been attributed to Edwin D. Mellen. Listed...
Overview Collection Description: Scrapbook pages detailing the saga of the Inner Belt campaign. Pages contain maps and plans regarding the Inner Belt, as well as letters, news clippings, and ephemera recording opposition to the highway project. Clippings come from the Boston Globe, Cambridge Chronicle, Record American, and other area newspapers of the time. All pages have been scanned and are available in digital format. Historical Note: The Inner Belt was once a planned highway that would...