Miles Pratt Foundry Renovations

Main Street
Watertown, Mass.

Year Built: 1866
Year Demolished: Unsure of Date

Charles Brigham designed roof trusses for the Miles Pratt foundry in 1866. The foundry was composed of a number of buildings that sat on the present day delta in Watertown Square. It is unclear which specific building this design was part of.

The design cost $50.00, which means that the construction costs were approximately $1,000. Sturgis & Brigham strongly believed in architects being paid fair wages for their services. In other letters not involving Pratt, 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.

The buildings have all been demolished. No pictures or plans are known to exist of this design.


References

• Letters from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, February 5, 1867 and September 30, 1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library.

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