Soldiers' Monument

Fitchburg, Mass.

Year Built: 1868

Charles Brigham designed Soldiers’ Monument for the Town of Fitchburg in 1868. He ended up not submitting his design, as it was unclear how much the commission would be for the successful design, although the committee was to spend about $25,000.

In the burgeoning field of architectural design, Sturgis & Brigham firmly believed that architects should be paid a proper commission for their work. The Institute of Architects provided that a standard fee should be 5% of the construction costs. It appears that the Fitchburg committee would not pay that kind of commission.


• Letters from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, May 25, 1868 and June 22, 1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum.

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