McLauthlin Building

Possibly Daniel Badger, ca. 1864Renovation: Moritz Bergmeyer, 1979

The first cast-iron-façade building in New England, the McLauthlin Building is reminiscent of the work of James Bogardus in New York. Besides being fire resistant and easily fabricated, cast-iron façades made possible larger windows that allowed more natural light to reach the interior. The façade is divided into six bays, and on the second through fourth floors, each bay holds two arched windows with fanlights. Pilasters and small columns alternate across the façade, and each floor is defined by a projecting stringcourse. A cornice tops the fifth floor. The sixth floor is awkwardly squeezed into a mansard roof. Until the late twentieth century, the building was occupied by its original owner, the McLauthlin Elevator Company. It is now condominiums. Compare this with another famous cast-iron building, the Richards Building on State Street.