Benjamin Ricker Stable Renovation
14 Malbert RoadCharles Brigham made alterations to hotelier Benjamin Ricker’s stable in Brighton in 1868. It is unclear what alterations comprise this renovation, although the building does survive today as a dwelling.
Year Built: 1868
Ricker was part owner of the Cattle Fair Hotel. By the 1850s, the Brighton livestock industry earned more than $2 million a year and more people worked in cattle-related jobs than in any other trade. The Cattle Fair Hotel was built here in 1830 and expanded in 1852 to become suburban Boston's largest hotel. The excitement of Thursday market day in Brighton Center would end in 1881 when the stockyards moved to the Abattoir along the Charles River.
• Letter from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, August 10, 1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library, “I am also doing similar work in Brighton with a stable to cost $4,000 and the promise (?) [question mark in text] of a large house next spring.”
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