Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Building

50 State Street
Boston, Mass.

Year Built: 1884
Year Demolished: 1971

Built in 1884 and demolished to make way for the high-rise at 60 State Street. The exterior of the building was constructed of brick and brownstone and the interior hall floors constructed of tiling in various colors, the sheathing of the stairwells in polished marble and balustrades of iron. There was a balcony near the top story.


• "Charles Brigham," Boston of To-day, Richard Herndon, Post Publishing, Boston, 1892, pp. 156-157 ("Among the principal buildings designed during his association with Mr. Sturgis . . . the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Building on State street.").

• "Brigham & Spofford," Illustrated Boston, Metropolis of New England, American Publishing and Engraving, New York, New York, 1889, p. 196 ("Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company’s Building").

• A Half Century of Boston’s Building," Charles S. Damrell, 1895, p. 71 (Sturgis & Brigham, architects, Thomas J. Whidden, builder).

• “Architecture of H.H. Richardson and His Contemporaries in Boston and Vicinity: 1972 Annual Tour,” Society of Architectural Historians, Philadelphia, 1972, Margaret Henderson Floyd, (Sturgis & Brigham, Mass. Hospital Life Insurance Co., State Street, 1881-86)

• “John C. Spofford,” Massachusetts of Today, Columbia Publishing, 1892, p. 531 (“had charge of the construction of . . . the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company’s building , 50 State Street, Boston”).

• "50 State: An Obituary," Jane Holtz Kay, Boston Globe, March 21, 1971, p. 83.


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