George T. Moffatt Building

Camden Street
Boston, Mass.

Year Built: 1866

Charles Brigham made “preliminary sketches” for George T. Moffatt in 1866. It appears that this building was never built.

The design cost $20.00, which means that the construction costs would have cost approximately $400. Sturgis & Brigham strongly believed in architects being paid fair wages for their services. In other letters not involving Moffatt, 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.


References

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

• Boston Directories 1867-1870, George T. Moffatt.

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