Archibald McMaster Block

21-25 Main Street
Watertown, Mass.

Year Built: 1868
Year Demolished: 1913

This building was designed by Charles Brigham in 1868 and was demolished in 1913 to make way for the expansion of the Otis Building.

The commission cost $275 which means that the house cost about $5,500 to construct. The firm strongly believed that architects should receive a commission of 5% for their work. In the burgeoning field of architecture, commissions to architects were uncommon and/or low. Sturgis and Brigham and other architects formed trade groups to ensure that architects were properly paid for their work.


• Letter from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, September 30, 1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library.


Undated, courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library

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