Leonard & Co. Renovation

48-50 Bromfield Street
Boston, Mass.

Year Built: 1868
Year Demolished: Unsure of Date

Charles Brigham designed a renovation to 48-50 Bromfield Street in 1868. This was the building within which Sturgis & Brigham maintained an office but it is unclear if the renovations were to its own space or to another space in the building for their landlord.

The renovation cost $100, as the Sturgis and Brigham commission was $10. The firm strongly believed in architects being paid fair wages for their services. In other letters between Brigham and Sturgis, it is clear that the burgeoning profession of architectural design was struggling to establish itself and the firm required that clients pay 5% of the cost of construction as the price for the plans, consistent with the standards of the Boston Society of Architects.

This building has been demolished. No pictures or plans of this design are known to survive.


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

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