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THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT 



Complimenti of 



City Engineer. 




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ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, 



THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT 



CITY ENGINEER, 



BOSTON, 



FOR THE YEAR 1898. 



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Engineering Department, City Hall, 
Boston, February 1, 1899. 

Hon. Josiah Qtjincy, 

Mayor of the City of Boston : 

Sir, — The following report of the expenses and operation 
of this department for the year ending January 31, 1899, is 
submitted : 

The duties of the City Engineer include the designing and 
superintending of the construction of new bridges, retaining- 
walls, city wharves, and such other public engineering works 
as the City Council may authorize ; the making of such sur- 
veys, plans, estimates, statements and descriptions, and taking 
such levels as the city government or any of its depart- 
ments or committees may require ; the custody of all surveys 
and plans relating to the laying-out, locating anew, altering, 
widening or discontinuing of streets ; and the new engineer- 
ing construction for all departments of the city. He must 
be consulted on all work where the advice of a civil engineer 
would be of service. The office of the City Engineer was 
established by ordinance on October 31, 1850, and by chapter 
449 of the Acts of 1895. 

The Architectural Division of the Public Buildings De- 
partment was detached from that department January 13, 1898, 
and placed under the Engineering Department. The work of 
this division is that of a consulting or expert force. It may be 
called upon by any department for technical advice on matters 
relating to building, heating or ventilation. Plans or specifi- 
cations for work to be done, in certain cases, by the Repair 



2 City Document No. 12. 

Division of the Public Buildings Department, are prepared 
by this division, which is also charged with a general super- 
vision of the work done by the Repair Division of the Pub- 
lic Buildings Department. 

The following is a statement of engineering expenses 
from February 1, 1898, to January 31, 1899 : 

Amount of department appropriation for 

1898-1899 176,000 00 

Revenue ....... 11 25 

Transferred from surplus revenue . . 4,829 60 

Amount expended for 1898-99 . . . 179,840 85 



Statement of Expenditures, Department 
Appropriation. 

Object of expenditures : 
Salaries : 

Engineer, William Jackson 

Assistant Engineer, archi- 
tect, draughtsmen and as- 
sistants .... 



Instruments, tools and repairs 
Travelling expenses . 
Furniture and office expenses 
Stationery and drawing materials 
Printing .... 
Horse-keeping . 

Blue printing and photographing 
Binding and plans 
Books and papers 
Telephone service 
Washing and small supplies 
Typewriting 
Expenses on account of abolishment of 
grade crossings . . . . . 



16,000 OC 




62,729 65 






$68,729 65 






1,975 46 






1,697 70 






1,326 72 






1,251 49 






788 87 






774 30 






565 49 






344 21 






273 85 






224 15 






216 86 






41 00 



1,631 10 



$79,840 85 



Engineering Departivepnt. 



Abolishment of Grade Crossings. 



Congress Street. 




Expenditures from February 1, 1898, to January 31, 1899. 


Items of expenditure : 




Summer-street abutment, piers, etc. 


1147,166 28 


Land damages ..... 


56,783 57 


Congress street, sea-wall 


21,110 48. 


Filling 


15,161 03 


Paving, fences, etc 


12,477 68 


Engineering ..... 


7,826 97 


Inspection ...... 


6,051 82 


Draw foundation, fender piers, etc. 


5,713 70 


Dredging ...... 


2,245 00 


Printing 


416 76 


Cement tests ..... 


325 00 


Auditing ...... 


300 00 


Rent of office ..... 


225 00 


Advertising ...... 


247 42 


Appraisal of land and buildings 


100 00 




1276,150 71 


Expended previous to 1898 . 


66,532 50 




$342,683 21 


Dorchester Avenue. 




Items of expenditure : 




Land damages ..... 


84,101 10 


Engineering 


1,722 17 


Borings ...... 


399 68 


Filling 


104 50 


Advertising ...... 


9 75 




$6,337 20 



Dover Street. 

No expenditures from February 1, 1898, to January 31, 
1899. 



Expended previous to 1898 



$151,082 60 



City Document No. 12. 



South Union Station. 



Items of expenditure by the Engineering Department, from 
February 1, 1898, to January 31, 1899 : 
Contracts for sea-wall ..... 
Federal-street bridge, widening Boston end 
Filling . 
Engineering . 



Inspection 

Fence and sidewalks 

Removing material 

Printing 

Advertising . 

Rent of office 

Stationery 



$37,865 87 

10,319 09 

4,016 90 

3,200 12 

1,975 73 

592 09 

447 20 

239 58 

101 70 

75 00 

6 85 



Expended previous to 1898 . 


NG Reconstru 

L898, to Janu- 

15,312 50 

589 22 

290 00 

127 21 

82 82 


i58,840 13 
109,844 77 




$168,684 90 


Faneuil Hall Butldi 
Appropriation 

Expenditures from August 1, ' 

ary31, 1899: 
Woodbury & Leighton, foun 

dations, etc. 
Engineering . 
Storage 
Soundings . 
Printing 


CTION. 

180,000 00 
6,401 75 




. 


Balance, February 1, 1899 


173,598 25 



Bridges. 

The annual inspection of all highway and foot-bridges has 
been made, together with special examinations when notified 
by the Superintendent of Streets of the progress of repairs. 

The management of all the bridges and draws between 
Cambridge and Boston, by the Acts of 1898, chapter 467, is 
vested in a board of two commissioners, which now has 



Engineering Department. 5 

charge of the following eight bridges, viz. : Canal, Harvard, 
Prison Point, West Boston, Cambridge street, Essex street, 
North Harvard street, and Western avenue to Cambridge ; 
one-haK the cost of the maintenance of these bridges is paid 
by each of these cities. 

In the list of bridges those marked with a star (*) are 
over navigable waters, and are each provided with a draw, 
the openings in which are shown in a table in Appendix A. 
The widths of the openings have been measured for this 
report. 

I. — Bridges wholly Supported by Boston. 

Agassiz road, in The Fens. 

Allston bridge, over Boston & Albany Railroad, Brighton. 

Arborway bridge, in Parkway, over Stony brook. 

Ashland street, over Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & 
H. R.R., West Roxbury. 

Athens street, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R. 

Audubon road, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Beacon street, over outlet to The Fens. 

Beacon street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Berkeley street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Berkeley street, over Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & 
H. R.R. 

Bernier-street foot-bridge, in the Riverway. 

Berwick-park foot-bridge, over Providence Division, N. Y., 
N. H. &. H. R.R. 

Blakemore street, over Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & 
H. R.R. 

Bolton street, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R. 

Boylston street, in The Fens. 

Boylston street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Bridle path in the Riverway, over Muddy river. 

*Broadway, over Fort Point channel. 

Broadway, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Brookline avenue, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Byron street, over Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Rail- 
road. 

*Castle Island foot-bridge, from Marine park. South Bos- 
ton, to Castle Island. 

*Charles-river bridge, from Boston to Charlestown. 

Charlesgate, in The Fens, over Boston & Albany Rail- 
road. 



6 City Document No. 12. 

*Chelsea bridge, South, over South channel of Mystic river. 

*Chelsea street, from East Boston to Chelsea. 

Circuit drive, over Scarboro' pond in Franklin park. 

Columbus avenue, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

*Commercial point, or Tenean, Dorchester. 

Commonwealth avenue, in The Fens. 

*Congress street, over Fort Point channel. 

Cornwall street, over Stony brook, West Roxbury. 

Cottage Farm bridge, over Boston & Albauy Railroad, 
Brighton. 

Cottage-street foot-bridge, over flats, East Boston. 

Dartmouth street, over Boston & Albany Railroad and 
Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 

*Dover street, over Fort Point channeh 

Ellicott arch, in E'ranklin park. 

^Federal street, over Fort Point channel. 

Fen bridge, in The Fens. 

Ferdinand street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Forest Hills entrance, in Franklin park. 

Gold street, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R. 

Huntington avenue, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Ipswich street, over Waterway, in The Fens. 

Irvington-street foot-bridge, over Providence Division, 
N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 

*L street, over Reserved channel. South Boston. 

Leverett-pond foot-bridge, in Leverett park. 

Leyden street, over Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Rail- 
road. 

Linden Park street, over Stony brook. 

*Malden bridge, from Charlestown to Everett. 

Massachusetts avenue, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Massachusetts avenue, over Providence Division, N. Y., 
N. H. & H. R.R. 

*Meridian street, from East Boston to Chelsea. 

*Mount Washington avenue, over Fort Point channel. 

Neptune road, over Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Rail- 
road. 

Newton street, over Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & 
H. R.R. 

Public Garden foot-bridge. 

Scarboro'-pond foot-bridge in Franklin park. 

Shawmut avenue, over Boston & ^Ibany Railroad. 

Stonj^ brook, in The Fens. 

Swett street, east of Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R. 



Engineering DEPAHTivrENT. 7 

Swett street, west of Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R. 

*WaiTen bridge, Boston to Charlestown. 

West Rutland-square foot-bridge, over Providence Division, 
N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 

Wintlii-op, from Breed's Island to Winthrop. 

II. — Bridges of which Boston Supports the Part 

WITHIN ITS LmiTS. 

Bellevue street, in the Riverway, over Muddy river. 

Bernier-street foot-bridge, in the Riverway, over Muddy 
river. 

Brookline avenue, in the Riverway, over Muddy river. 

Central avenue, from Dorchester to Milton. 

*Chel8ea bridge. North, over North Channel, Mystic river. 

*Granite bridge, from Dorchester to Milton. 

Longwood avenue, in the Riverway, over Muddy river and 
Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Mattapan bridge, from Dorchester to Milton. 

Milton bridge, from Dorchester to Milton. 

*Neponset bridge, from Dorchester to Quincy. 

*North Beacon street, from Brighton to Watertown. 

Spring street, from West Roxbury to Dedham. 

Tremont street, in the Riverway, over Muddy river. 

*Western avenue, from Brighton to Watertown. 

III. — Bridges of which Boston pays a Part of the 

Cost of Maintenance. 

Albany street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

Ashraont street and Dorchester avenue, over Old Colony 
Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 

*Canal bridge, from Boston to Cambridge. 

*Cambridge street, from Brighton to Cambridge. 

Chelsea bridge, over the Boston & Maine Railroad. 

Dorchester street, over Old Colony Division, N. Y., N. H. 
& H. R.R. 

*Essex street, from Brighton to Cambridge. 

Everett street, over Boston & Albany Railroad, Brighton. 

*Harvard bridge, from Boston to Cambridge. 

Harvard street, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R., Dorchester. 

*North Harvard street, from Brighton to Cambridge. 

*Prison-Point bridge, Charlestown to Cambridge. 

*West Boston bridge, from Boston to Cambridge. 



8 City Document No. 12. 

West Fourth street, over Old Colony Division, N. Y., N. 
H. & H. R.R. 

*Western avenue, from Brighton to Cambridge. 

IV. — Bridges Supported by Railroad Corporations. 

1st. — Boston ^ Albany R.R. 

Harrison avenue. 
Market street, Brighton. 
Tremont street. 
Washington street. 

2d. — Boston ^ Maine B.R.^ Western Division. 

Main street. 
Mystic avenue. 

3d. — Boston Sf Maine R.R.^ Eastern Division. 

Main street. 
Mystic avenue. 

4th. — Boston,, Revere Beach ^ Lynn R.R. 
Everett street. 

6th. — Neiv England R.R. ; New Torh., New Haven ^ 
Hartford R.R., Midland Division. 

Broadway. 

Dorchester avenue. 

Fifth street. 

Fourth street. 

Morton street, Dorchester. 

Norfolk street, Dorchester. 

Norfolk street, Dorchester. 

Second street. 

Silver street. 

Sixth street. 

Third street. 

Washington street, Dorchester. 

6th. — New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R., Old 
Colony Division. 
Adams street. 
Cedar Grove Cemetery. 
Freeport street. 
Savin Hill avenue. 



Engineering Department. 



'/th. — New York., New Haven ^ Hartford M.R., Providence 
Division. 

Beecli street, West Roxbury. 
Bellevue street, West Roxbury. 
Canterbury street, West Roxbury. 
Centre and Mt. Vernon streets. 
Dudley avenue. 
Park street. 



Recapitulation of Bridges. 

I. Number wholly supported by Boston . . 65 
II. Number of which Boston supports that part 

within its limits ...... 14 

III. Number of which Boston pays a part of the 

cost of maintenance . . . . . 15 

IV. Number supported by railroad corporations : 

1. Boston & Albany ...... 4 

2. Boston & Maine, Western Division . . 2 

3. Boston & Maine, Eastern Division ... 2 

4. Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad . . 1 

5. New England Railroad, N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R., 

Midland Division 12 

6. N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R., Old Colony Division . 4 

7. N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R., Providence Division . 6 

Total 125 

Agassiz-road Bridge (in the Fens). 

This bridge was built in 1887, of brick and stone masonry. 
It is maintained by the Park Department, and is in good 
condition. 



Albany-street Bridge (over the Boston ^ Albany R.E.). 

The original structure was built in 1856-57, and rebuilt in 
1867-68. The present bridge was built in 1886-87, and is 
maintained in part by the City of Boston, and in part by the 
Boston & Albany Railroad. Attention was called last year 
to the rusty condition of the under side of the floor beams 
and of the fence ; also to the condition of the sidewalk plank- 
ing. Nothing has been done to change these conditions 
durmg the last year. They should be attended to this year. 



10 City Document No. 12. 

Allston Bridge (over the Boston ^ Albany R.R., Brighton'). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1892. The fences and the 
ironwork below the flooring should be cleaned and painted as 
recommended in last year's report. 

Arhorway Bridge (over Stony hrook^ in Parkway^ near Forest 
Hills Station). 

This is a wooden bridge resting on abutments of vulcan- 
ized spruce piles. The stringers and under-planking are of 
vulcanized hard pine. It was built in 1893, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. The bridge has been sheathed 
during the year, and is now in good condition. 

Ashland-street Bridge (over Providence Division, New York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford MM., West Roxbury). 

The present structure is of iron, and was built in 1875. 
The fence on the southerly side has been rebuilt during the 
year, and the bridge is now in good condition. 

Athens-street Bridge (over New England Railroad ; Midland 
Division, New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1874. The bridge is in 
poor condition ; it should be stripped and painted, and the 
upper woodwork should be renewed. 

Audubon-road Bridge (over the Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is a steel-plate girder bridge, built in 1893-94, and 
is now in good condition. It is maintained by the Park 
Department. 

Beacon-street Bridge (over Outlet of the Fens). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1880-81. The deck is in 
poor condition, and should be renewed, and the sidewalks 
should be replanked. 

Beacon-street Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1884-85, widened in 
1887-88, and the central roadway further widened in 1890 
for the convenience and at the expense of the Street Rail- 
way Company. The iionwork below the floor of the west- 
erly roadway has been cleaned and painted, and new lower 
planking has been put in. The bridge is now in good con- 
dition. 



Engineering Department. 11 

Bellevue-street Bridge (over Muddy River, in Riverivay'). 

This is a segmental masonry arch of 44 feet span and 

15 feet rise. It was built in 1893 by the Park Departments 

of Boston and Brookline, and is maintained jointly by them. 

Berkeley-street Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.RS). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1891, and is now in good 
condition. The roadways of this bridge have been closed 
during a portion of the past year to enable a second span to 
be built over the new tracks leading to the South Station. 
Work is still in progress, and will be completed early this 
year. 

Berkeley-street Bridge (over Providence Division-, New York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.^. 

This bridge has been reported for a number of years to be 
in a poor condition, and only such repairs as seemed abso- 
lutely necessary to keep the bridge in a safe condition for 
travel, have been made. The removal of the railroad tracks 
under the bridge during the coming year will, it is hoped, 
render it unnecessary to maintain this bridge for a much 
longer time. 

Bernier-street Foot-bridge (over Bridle Path in Riverway^. 

This is a semi-circular masonry arch of 38 feet 4 inches 
span. It was built in 1893, and is maintained by the Park 
Department. 

Bernier-street Foot-bridge (over Muddy River^. 

This is a segmental masonry arch of 52 feet span and 14 
feet rise. It was built in 1893 by the Park Departments of 
Boston and Brookline, and is maintained jointly by them. 

Beriviek-park Foot-bridge (over Providence Division, New 
York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.^. 
This is an iron foot-bridge, erected in 1894. The iron 
stairs and piers were new, but the trusses and floor-beams 
were those built for Franklin street in 1883. It is now in 
good condition. 

Blakemore-street Bridge (over Providence Division, New York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.^. 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1881-82. As recom- 
mended last year it should be painted and the under-planking 
renewed. 



12 City Document No. 12. 

Bolton-street Bridge (over New England Railroad ; Midland 
Division^ New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R?). 

This is a wooden bridge, built in 1889. The fences 
should be repaired and painted ; otherwise the bridge is in 
good condition. 

Boylston-street Arch Bridge (in the Fens'). 

This is a stone arch bridge, built in 1881. It is in good 
condition. 

BoyUton-street Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1886-88. The ironwork 
below the floor of the bridge, although painted in 1895, is 
now very rusty. The sidewalk planking is very thin and 
should be renewed, and the facias should be repaired. 

Bridle-path Bridge (over Muddy River, in the Riverway). 

This is a masonry bridge of three arches ; the central arch 
is elliptical in form, with a span of 30 feet and a rise of 9 
feet 6 inches ; the side-arches are semi-circular, 15 feet in 
diameter. It was built in 1894, and is maintained by the 
Park Department. It is in good condition. 

Broadway Bridge (over Fort Point Channel). 

This is an iron bridge. It was built in 1869-71, and the 
draw and its foimdation were rebuilt in 1874-75. The 
bridge was temporarily strengthened in 1893, to allow elec- 
tric cars to use it, and the woodwork on the draw was re- 
newed in 1896. A part of the up-stream fender pier has 
been rebuilt, and ordinary repairs have been made ; the side- 
walks and the lower planking of the main bridge need 
repairs, the draw foundation should be pointed, and the fender 
piers need renewal. The draw and draw foundation are in 
good condition. 



Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1880-81. It will be rebuilt 
during the coming year in order to accommodate the changes 
required in the railroad tracks entering the new South 
Station. It is now closed except to foot travel. 

Brookline-avenue Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1884. It is now in good 
condition. 



Engineering Department. 13 

Broohlme-avenue Bridge (over Muddy Miver, in the 



This is a semi-circiilar masonry arch of 15 feet span. It 
was built in 1892 by the Park Departments of Boston and 
Brookline, and is maintained by them jointly. 

Byron-street Bridge (over Boston, Revere Beach ^ Lynn 
R.R.). 

This is a wooden bridge, built in 1889. The sidewalks 
and bulkheads need repairing ; otherwise the bridge is in 
fair condition. 

Cambridge-street Bridge (from Brighton to Cambridge^. 

This is a wooden pile bridge with a wooden leaf draw. 
It was rebuilt in 1884 ; the draw was rebuilt in 1891. The 
bridge is in the care of the Commissioners for the Boston 
and Cambridge bridges, and the city pays one-half the cost of 
maintenance. The draw has been provided with new chains 
and ordinary repairs have been made ; repairs are needed on 
the sidewalks, piers and fender guards and the bridge should 
be painted; on the Boston side the deck plank on the main 
bridge and draw should be renewed, the abutment and water- 
way should be repaired, and the piling under the draw should 
be strengthened ; on the Cambridge side the stringers need 
additional fastenings near the ends of the draw arms and 
one draw arm should be renewed. 

Canal or Craigie's Bridge. 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden turn-table 
draw. The city pays one-half the cost of maintenance. The 
bridge was originally built in 1808, was rebuilt in 1852, and 
agam rebuilt and widened m 1874. The bridge is in the 
care of the Commissioners for the Boston and Cambridge 
bridges. About one-half of the sidewalk and sidewalk bulk- 
head on the north side of the Cambridge end of the bridge 
was rebuilt, an additional line of stringers was placed under 
the south sidewalk of the Boston end of the bridge, and 
considerable paving has been relaid. The sidewalks, side- 
walk bulkheads and fencing that have not recently been 
rebuilt are poor, and need rebuilding ; additional stringers 
are needed near the draw and some pile work is needed 
near the ends of the bridge, some of the spur-shores need 
refitting; the roadway should be re paved between the tracks ; 
the up-stream fender guard is in a very poor condition; the 
draw and draw pier need extensive repairs. 



14 City Document No. 12. 

Oastle Island Foot-bridge (from Marine Park to Castle 
Island'). 

This is a temporary foot-bridge, built in 1892, and is 
maintained by the Park Department. It connects the 
Marine park with Castle Island, and is furnished with a 
draw, so that if desired by the United States authorities, the 
island can be cut off from the shore ; during the past year 
the draw was run off, and the bridge was closed to travel, as 
Castle Island was used for defensive purposes during the 
war with Spain. Repairs have been made on the fence and 
flooring ; repairs are needed on the fence and planking, and 
the fence should be painted ; otherwise the bridge is in fair 
condition. 

1/ Central-avenue Bridge (over Neponset River, Dorchester 
Lower Mills'). 

This is an iron bridge, and was built in 1876. The city 
maintains the part within its limits. A new sidewalk has 
been built on the up-stream side of the bridge, and several 
breaks in the deck have been repaired. The woodwork of 
the roadway is in very poor condition ; the bridge should be 
stripped and painted and the woodwork renewed. 

Charles-river Bridge (from Boston to Charlestown). 

This is a wooden pile bridge with an iron draw. The 
present bridge was built in 1854-55 ; the draw was built in 
1870. This bridge will remain in use but a few months 
longer as that portion which lies between the harbor lines 
will be removed on the completion of Charlestown bridge; 
only minor repairs have been made on this bridge ; the main 
bridge is in fair condition. 

Charlesgate Bridge (in the Feyis over Boston ^ Albany 
R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1881-82, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. It has been closed part of the 
year on account of the construction of the bridge over Ips- 
wich street. It is in good condition. 

Chelsea Bridge (over Boston ^ Maine R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built by the Boston & Maine Rail- 
road Company in 1894, and is over the railroad location. 
The surface of the bridge is maintained by the city ; the 
remainder by the railroad company. The wheel-guard on 



ENGrNBERING DEPARTMENT. 15 

the bridge is too narrow, the fences need repairing and paint- 
ing ; otherwise the bridge is in good condition. 

Chelsea Bridge^ North {over North Channel, Mystic Biver^. 

The city maintains the part within its limits. The original 
structure was built ui 1802-3. The piles under the mam 
bridge were driven in 1880. The upper part of the bridge, 
the draw and draw foundation were built in 1895. General 
repairs have been made. The bridge needs painting, and the 
sidewalk planking needs small repairs ; the old fender guard 
is in poor condition ; otherwise the bridge is in good con- 
dition. 

Chelsea Bridge, South (over South Channel, Mystic Biver). 

This is a pile bridge with an iron draw. The original 
bridge were built in 1802-3. The piles of the present bridge 
were driven, and the draw was built in 1877. That part 
of the bridge above the girder caps was rebuilt at a higher 
grade, and the draw was raised in 1895. General repairs 
have been made. The fender guards and the top of the pier 
are in poor condition; the fences should be painted, and 
the sidewalk brackets and facias on the draw need repairing ; 
otherwise the bridge is in good condition. 

Chelsea-street Bridge (from Bast Boston to Chelsea). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with an iron swing draw ; 
the original bridge was built in 1834 ; was rebuilt in 1848, 
1873, and again in 1894-95. The bridge has been painted, 
and is in good condition. 

Circuit-drive Bridge (over Scarhoro' Pond, in Franklin 
Bark). 

This is an elliptical masonry arch of 30 feet span and 6 
feet 3 inches rise. It was built in 1893, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. 

Columbus-avenue Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany B.B.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1876-77. The ironwork 
below the floor is very rusty and the under planking should 
be renewed. But as the changes required on this bridge to 
accommodate the new tracks to the South Station have not 
been made this work can well be postponed for another year. 



16 City Document No. 12. 

Commercial Point or Tenean Bridge (^Dorchester'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge with a wooden leaf draw. 
The present bridge was built in 1875. The draw has been 
planked with three-inch hard pine ; this bridge is in poor 
condition ; the draw and most of the woodwork above the 
piles should be renewed. 

Commonwealth-avenue Bridge (in The Fens). 

This is an iron bridge, and was built in 1881-82. It has 
been sheathed during the year, and is now in good condition. 

Congress-street Bridge (over Fort Point Channel). 

This is a wooden pile bridge with an iron turn-table draw on 
a stone foundation, and was built in 1874-5. The iron work 
under the draw has been painted, some of the spur-shores 
have been refitted, and a portion of the sidewalk and roadway 
has been rebuilt. The Boston Electric Light Company put a 
cable box under the channels and pier and beside the bridge ; 
and in connection with this work they tore up and rebuilt a 
portion of the pier ; the up-stream end of the pier was 
rebuilt in connection with the work on Summer-street bridge. 
Those parts of the sidewalks not recently rebuilt and part of 
the roadway flooring are in very poor condition. The track 
circles are much worn, the roadway paving and the fender 
guards are in poor condition and the top of the pier is in a 
dangerous condition. The draw should be provided with 
new tracks, the lower chord should be uncovered, examined, 
repaired if necessary, and be painted ; the top of the pier 
should be rebuilt ; the centre of the bridge and part of the 
gutter and sidewalk should be uncovered ; the poor timber 
and planking should be renewed, and the bridge repaved, and 
some repairs are needed on the cross bracing and fender 
guards. The bridge will soon be widened twenty feet on the 
Boston end and filled solid as far as the harbor line. 

Cornwall-street Bridge (over Stony Brooh, West Roxhury). 

This is a small wooden bridge, built in 1892. It is in 
good condition. 

Cottage Farm Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.., Brighton). 

The present bridge was built in 1895-96. With the ex- 
ception of the plate girders on the outside lines of the bridge, 
and some special construction under the sidewalks, the 
superstructure is composed of 20-inch steel beams fille(i 
between with brick arches and Portland cement concrete, On 



Engineering Department. 17 

which is a wearing surface of Sicilian rock asphalt. The 
northerly sidewalk has been built and railings have been 
placed on the main girders ; the sheet lead on the lower 
flanges of the beams has been torn off in places. The bridge 
is in good condition. 

Cottage-street Foot-bridge (over flats ^ East Boston'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, built in 1889, for foot travel 
only. Some of the piles are commencing to decay. The 
cross-bracing is poor, and should be renewed where necessary. 
The flooring and the fences at the ends of the bridge need 
repairing; otherwise, the bridge is in fair condition. 

Dartmouth-street Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R. and 
Providence Bivisioti, New York, Neiv Haven ^ Hartford 
R.B.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1878-79. The ironwork 
of this bridge should be thoroughly cleaned and painted as 
soon as the extensive changes made necessary by the re-ar- 
rangement of the railroad tracks shall be completed. 

Dorchester-street Bridge (over Old Colony Division., New 
York, New Haven and Hartford R.R.). 

^ This is an iron bridge, built in 1839. It is principally 
maintained by the railroad company, and was repaired and 
put in fair condition in 1893. 

Dover-street Bridge (over Fort Point Channel). 

This was originally a wooden pile bridge, built in 1805, 
rebuilt in 1858-59, and again in 1876. In 1893-94, upon 
the abolition of the grade crossing of the Old Colony Rail- 
road, the present iron structure resting on masonry piers was 
built. The sidewalk planking on the draw is poor and 
should be renewed and the entire bridge should be painted. 
The planking on the face and top of the draw piers is in. 
poor condition and should be repaired. 

Ellicott-arch Bridge (in Franklin Park). 

This is a semi-circular masonry arch of 17 feet 6 inches 
span. It was built in 1889, and is maintained by the Park 
Department. 



18 City Document No. 12. 

Essex-street Bridge (^from Brighton to Cambridge). 

This bridge is in the care of the Commissioners for the 
Boston and Cambridge bridges ; the city pays one-half the 
cost of maintenance. It is a wooden pile bridge, with a 
wooden leaf draw, and was originally built in 1850 ; the draw 
was rebuilt in 1891. The woodwork above the piles was 
renewed in 1896, and this part of the bridge is in good con- 
dition. The water pipe has been removed from the up-stream 
side of the bridge, and new chains have been put on the 
draw; the draw, draw-way and piers should be replanked, 
the fender guard on the Cambridge side should be repaired, 
the curb irons on the Cambridge side need regulating, and 
the staging under the bridge on the Boston side needs 
strengthening. 

Everett-street Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany B.R., Brighton). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1891, by the Boston & 
Albany Railroad. It is in good condition, and needs only 
minor repairs to some of the woodwork. It should be painted 
during the present year. 

Federal-street Bridge (over Fort Point Channel). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a double retractile iron 
draw, and was rebuilt in 1891-92. The sidewalks and cen- 
tral ways on the draw need replanking, and the bridge needs 
painting. The draws work hard, part of the trouble arising 
from the driving of the piles by the Boston Terminal Com- 
pany at the rear of the foundation ; this work raised part of 
the foundation 4J inches and crowded it out of position ; the 
track should be lowered to its former level, the trucks should 
be thoroughly cleaned, and some of the rails may have to be 
re-aligned. The cross-bracing that has been damaged by float- 
ing piles should be repaired, and the piles that lodged in the 
bents under the bridge should be removed. (See page 107.) 

Fen Bridge (in the Fens). 
This bridge was built in 1891-92. It is in good condition. 

Ferdinand-street Bridge (over Boston ^- Albany B.B.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1892. The lower planking 
is poor, and the ironwork below the floor should be cleaned 
and painted. This is another bridge which has been closed 
to team travel during a portion of the year, on account of the 
changes incident to tlie rearrangement of the railroad tracks. 



Engineering Department. 19 

Forest Hills Entrance Bridge (in Franklin Park). 

This bridge was built in 1894-95. It is maintained by 
the Park Department, and is in good condition. 

Grold-street Bridge (over New England Railroad). 

This bridge was built in 1895, replacing a foot-bridge 
which was built in 1890. The bridge has been opened for 
travel. The fences are badly cut ; they should be repaired ; 
the bridge should be painted, and the roadway should be 
resheathed ; the walls need a little pointing. 

G-ranite Bridge (from Dorchester to Milton), 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden leaf draw. 
The city maintains the part withia its limits. The bridge 
was originally built in 1837. The bridge should be redecked, 
the abutment should be repaired, and the bridge should be 
painted. 

Harvard Bridge (from Boston to Cambridge). 

This is an iron bridge with an iron turn-table draw, and 
was built in 1887-91. The bridge is in the care of two 
Commissioners, one appointed from Boston, and one from 
Cambridge, and the expense of maintenance is borne equally 
by each city. The roadway has been sheathed during the 
year, and a bicycle path three feet wide at the curb on each 
side of the bridge has been built. The whole bridge should 
be painted this year. 

Harvard-street Bridge (over Neiv Eiigland R.R. ; Midland 

Division, Netv York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R., 

Dorchester). 

During the past year the city has built a sidewalk on the 
in-town side of the bridge; both sidewalks are supported by 
the city, the old part of the bridge being maintamed by the 
railroad ; the brickwork under the new walk is in poor con- 
dition, otherwise the sidewalks are in good condition. 

Huntington-avenue Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge. It was built ia 1872, and in 
1876-77 the abutments were rebuilt, and the bridge widened 
by the addition of two new girders. In 1896, in consequence 
of charges in the grade of the avenue, the floor was entirely 
rebuilt, the ironwork thoroughly cleaned and painted, and 



20 City Document No. 12. 

new girders added for supporting the water pipes. The 
bridge is now in good condition. 

Ipswich-street Bridge {over Waterway in the Fens'). 
See page 101. 

Irvington-street Foot-bridge (over Providence Division^ New 
York., New Haven ^ Hartford B.R.). 

This is an iron foot-bridge, built in 1892, and is now in 
good condition. Mason safety treads have been put on the 
stairways during the year. 

L-street Bridge (over Reserved Channel^ South Boston). 

Tliis is a wooden pile bridge, with an iron retractile draw. 
It was built in 1892. The draw- tender's houses have been 
painted. Part of the draw foundation was damaged by a 
storm in November, 1898, and has been repaired. The asphalt 
walks are badly cracked and the ladder at the end of the 
down-stream pier is broken. The bridge is in good con- 
dition. 

Lever ett-pond Foot-bridge (in Leverett Park). 

This is a segmental masonry arch of 24 feet span and 5 
feet 5 inches rise. It was built in 1894, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. 

Leyden-street Bridge (over Boston., Revere Beach ^ Lynn 
R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1889. The roadway is 
generally very dirty and should be cleaned oftener. It is in 
good condition. 

Linden Park-street Bridge (over Stony Brook). 

This is a wooden bridge, built in 1887. The sidewalk 
planking is very thin, and should be renewed, and the entire 
bridge painted. 

Longwood-avenue Bridge (over Muddy River and B. ^ A. 
R.R.). 

The old wooden bridge was closed to team trafific in April, 
1897, and the structure removed. A contract was made 
August 6, 1897, with Messrs. Woodbury & Leighton for a 
new masonry bridge, and the work was so far completed that 



Engineering Department. 21 

the avenue was opened again to public travel December 28, 
1898. Considerable work still remains to be done, but it is 
expected that early in the summer the new structure will be 
completed. 

Maiden Bridge (^from Charlestown to JSvereW). 

The present structure was built in 1875, and the draw m 
1892. The ends of the pier have been strengthened, and a 
few general repairs have been made. The bridge is in very 
poor condition, and should be rebuilt. 

Massachusetts-avenue Bridge (^over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1876. It was thoroughly 
repaired in 1893, with the exception of the wooden fences. 
These fences are now in very poor condition, and should be 
rebuilt, and the girders painted this year. 

Massachusetts-avenue Bridge (over Providence Division^ 
New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.^. 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1876. It is in good con- 
dition with the exception of the lower planking, this should 
be renewed. 

Mattapan Bridge (from Dorchester to Milton^. 

The city maintains the part within its limits. This is an 
old iron bridge and is in a dangerous condition, and it should 
be replaced by a stone bridge ; the iron girders have been 
painted. 

Meridian-street Bridge (from East Boston to Chelsea). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden turn-table 
draw on a pile foundation. The original structure was built 
in 1858. It was rebuilt soon afterwards, and was widened 
and rebuilt in 1884, excepting the draw, which was built in 
1875-76. The chords of the draw were rebuilt in 1896. 

The waterways have been repaired, the rods in the chords 
have been tightened, and other general work has been done. 
Additional repairs are needed on the waterways, the facias 
on the sidewalks are getting poor, the stringers and bulk- 
head at the Boston end of the channel need strengthening, 
the draw should be furnished with some new rack, the track 
is getting much worn, and one of the rods under the draw 
should be repaired. 



22 City Document No. 12. 

/ 

Milton Bridge (from Dorehester to Milton). 

The city maintains the part within its limits. The origi- 
nal structure is very old. It was widened in 1871-72. The 
older part of this bridge was built of stone, and the widen- 
ing is an iron structure on stone columns. Small repairs 
have been made on the sidewalk. The bridge should be 
painted, the sidewalk planking should be renewed and 
additional stringers should be placed under the up-stream 
sidewalk ; one of the cap stones over the first waterway is 
cracked. 

Mt. Washington-avenue Bridge {over Fort Point Channel'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with an iron draw. It was 
built in 1854, and rebuilt in 1870-71 ; this bridge is in j^oor 
condition. It has the only draw of importance in the city 
that is moved by hand power; the draw-pier is in poor con- 
dition, and is so low that it is covered with water at every 
high course of tides. At the Boston end the bridge was 
shortened about 22 feet, some of the fender-guards and 
about 60 feet of the bridge were rebuilt in connection 
with building the Dorchester avenue sea-wall. New side- 
walks have been built on the draw, the deck has been patched, 
and other general work has been done. The sidewalks, 
roadway pavement and one of the fender guards are in very 
poor condition, the waterways are out of repair, the founda- 
tion of the house is in poor condition. The bridge should be 
rebuilt. 

Neponset Bridge (from Dorchester to Quincy). 

The city maintains the part withm its limits. The origi- 
nal structure was built in 1802, and the present one in 
1877. The draw is too heavy to be handled by hand, and 
should be replaced by a turn-table draw. Only general 
repairs have been made. The piers and fender-guards need 
extensive repairs, and the draw should be painted. 

Neptune-road Bridge (over Boston., Revere Beach ^ Lynn 
R.R.). 
This is an iron bridge, built in 1887-88, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. The bridge is in good condition, 
except the roadway plank which should be renewed. 

Newton-street Bridge (over Providence Division., New York 
Netv Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 
This is an iron bridge, built in 1872. It is in good con- 
dition, excepting the concrete sidewalks, which should be 
resurfaced. 



Engineering Department. 23 

North Beacon-street Bridge (from Brighton to Watertown^. 

The city maintains the part within its limits. This is a 
wooden pile bridge with a wooden leaf draw. The original 
structure was built in 1822, and the present one in 1884. 

The Newtonville and Watertown Street Railway Company 
laid a track across the bridge last summer, and cars began 
running over it late in August, the bridge being previously 
strengthened by the railroad company by the addition of six 
piles, two new lines of stringers under the rails and three 
new draw arms, one other draw arm has also been renewed, 
and the sidewalk has been replanked. The bridge is in poor 
condition, the old arms still remaining in the draw ; some of 
the piles and deck plankmg need renewal, the stringers have 
begun to decay ; the wheel guard needs repairing ; the paint- 
ing and the pier are in poor condition. 

North Harvard-street Bridge (from Brighton to Cambridge^. 

The city maintains the part within its limits. This bridge 
was originally built in 1662, and was rebuilt, except the 
piling, in 1879 ; the draw was built in 1891. The bridge is 
in the care of the Commissioners for the Boston and Cam- 
bridge bridges ; the city pays one-half the cost of mainte- 
nance. Only ordinary repairs have been made. The abut- 
ment, piling, roadway plank and fence are in poor condition. 
This bridge should be replaced with a new and wider 
structure, more in keeping with the improvements being 
made in the vicinity. 

Prison-Point Bridge (from Charlestown to Cambridge^. 

This bridge was originally built in 1833, and the present 
structure was built in 1876-77. It is a wooden pile bridge, 
with an iron leaf draw. The bridge is in the care of the 
commissioners for the Boston and Cambridge bridges ; the 
city pays one-half the cost of maintenance. It is in poor 
condition. Only ordinary repairs have been made on the 
bridge. The draw, machinery, hinges, sidewalks and the 
woodwork on the main bridge near the channel need thorough 
repairing; the top of the pier also needs repairing; this 
bridge will probably be soon rebuilt at a higher grade, owing 
to the abolishing of the grade crossing of the Boston & Maine 
Railroad. 

Public Gfarden Foot-bridge. 

This is an iron bridge. It was built in 1867, and was 
thoroughly repaired in 1887. Some of the woodwork has 
been renewed, and the bridge is now in fair condition. 



24 City Docuivient No. 12. 

Scarhoro^ Pond Foot-bridge (in Franklin Park'). 

This is an elliptical masonry arch of 40 feet span and 8 
feet 3 inches rise. It was built in 1893, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. 

Shawmut-avenue Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1871, although it was 
cleaned and painted in 1897, parts of it, particularly over 
the main tracks, are very rusty. The recommendation made 
in the reports for 1896 and 1897 is again renewed that 
the cast iron covering over the sidewalk girders, which has 
not been removed since the bridge was built, be taken off, so 
that a thorough examination can be made of the condition of 
these girders. 

Spring-street Bridge (from West Roxbury to Bedham). 

This is a stone bridge. The city maintains the part within 
its limits. It is in good condition. 

Stony-brook Bridge (in the Fens). 

This is an ornamental brick arched bridge, with stone 
facings, built in 1891-92, and maintained by the Park 
Department. It is m good condition. 

Swett-street Bridges (over South Bay Sluices'). 

These are wooden bridges, built in 1875, as temporary 
structures ; the westerly bridge has a new 4-incli spruce deck 
and new sidewalk planking ; the wiag bulkheads are in poor 
condition, some new fence posts and bracing are needed. 
The easterly bridge is in very poor condition, and extensive 
repairs should be made on it immediately. 

Tremont-street Bridge (over Muddy River). 

This is a semi-circular masonry arch of 15 feet span. It 
was built in 1893, and is maintained by the Park Depart- 
ments of Boston and Brookline. 

Warreii Bridge (from Boston to Charlestoum) . 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a double retractile iron 
draw. The present structure was built in 1883-84. The 
concrete walks have been resurfaced, a new winch head has 
been provided, and general repairs have been made on the 
bridge and machinery. The track timbers, fender-guards, 



Engineering Department. 25 

upper parts of the pier and wharves, the planking on the 
waterway, the sidewalk bulkheads and the fencing are in 
poor condition ; the planking on the sidewalks is poor in 
places; the curbs on the draw should be straightened. 

West Boston Bridge (^from Boston to Cambridge'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden turn-table 
draw. The bridge was originally built in 1792-93, was 
rebuilt in 1854, and repaired in 1871 ; it is in the care of 
the Connnissioners for the Boston and Cambridge bridges ; 
it is an old weak bridge, and only necessary repairs have been 
made. Preliminary plans have been made for a new bridge 
to take its place. Work has been commenced on the tempo- 
rary highway bridge, and when completed it will be opened, 
and West Boston bridge will be closed to travel. 

West Fourth-street Bridge (over Old Colony Division, New 
York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 

In 1893-94 the grade crossing of the Old Colony Railroad 
on this street was abolished, and an iron bridge built, extend- 
ing from the end of Dover-street bridge at the South Boston 
side of Fort Point channel to the easterly line of Foundiy 
street. The surface is maintained by the city, the rest of 
the structure by the railroad company. The sidewalk plank- 
ing is in poor condition, and the lower planking on the road- 
way should be renewed this year. The ironwork needs 
painting. 

West Rutland-square Foot-hridge (over Providence Division, 
New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 

This is an iron foot-bridge, built in 1882, it is now in good 
condition. 

Western-avenue Bridge (from Brighton to Cambridge'). 

The present bridge was built in 1879-80, and the draw in 
1891. It is in the care of the Commissioners for the Boston 
and Cambridge bridges, and the city pays one-half the cost 
of maintenance. Only general repairs have been made. A 
new cap is needed under the draw ; some of the piles need 
strengthening ; the stringers at the ends of the draw arms need 
refastening ; the piers need new facias and new planking ; the 
up-stream fender-guard should be rebuilt; the waterway 
should be repaired ; the planking on the draw is getting old ; 
and will soon need renewal ; the draw piers are too short. 



26 City Document No. 12. 

Western-avenue Bridge (^from Brighton to Watertown'). 

The city maintains the part within its limits. This is a 
wooden pile bridge, with an iron draw, and was rebuilt in 
1892-93. The Boston end of this bridge has been painted, 
and general repairs have been made ; the Watertown end is 
very rusty. The draw and its bearings should be adjusted, 
and scupper holes should be made m the flooring of the draw 
foundation. 

Winthrop Bridge (^from Breed's Island to Winthrop'). 

This is a pile bridge without a draw. It was originally 
built in 1839 ; it was rebuilt in 1851, and was extensively 
repaired in 1870. This is an old bridge, and is only in fan- 
condition ; the caps need additional fastenings. A few bol- 
sters and stringers need strengthening, and some new piles 
are needed to replace others that have been eaten by the 
limnoria. The fences and sidewalks should be repaired. 



wholly Supported hy Railroad Corporations. 

The bridges maintained by the several railroad companies 
are in good or fair condition, with the exceptions noted 
below. 

All the New England railroad bridges over the cut in 
South Boston are in need of more or less repair, and one of 
them, Silver-street bridge, is in very poor condition; the 
stringers of all of them should be examined by removing the 
planking, and the woodwork should be renewed where neces- 
sary. Norfolk-street bridge, near the Dorchester station, over 
the same railroad, is in poor condition. 



Engineeking Department. 27 



SURVEYING DIVISION. 



The work of the Surveying Division has been of about 
the same volume as for the year 1897. The same number 
of men have been employed, and the aggregate amount of 
work for the several city departments has been about the 
same, although somewhat differently distributed. 

The number of orders attended to for the Building De- 
partment is naturally less than for the previous year, as the 
number of buildings erected during the year was affected by 
the uncertain political conditions during the spring and 
summer. 

The surveys in connection with Sewerage Works, ordered 
by the Street Commissioners, acting under authority of 
chapter 426 of the Acts of 1897, have continued through 
the year, and have necessitated the employment of twelve 
men continuously. 

Twenty plans have been made showing surveys of tlie 
amount of land taken for sewer purposes for a total length 
of one and one-fifth miles, covering forty-one estates. 

Sewer plans have been completed showing proposed 
changes in brooks, streams, etc., for care of surface water 
covering a distance of nearly seven miles, and showing land 
taken from one hundred and twenty-nine estates. 

The survey of the territory bounded by the Charles river, 
Beacon, Mt. Vernon, Temple, Lynde and Leverett streets, 
for the Water Department, in connection with the prepara- 
tion of plans showing the location of water pipes, which 
was cegun in July, 1897, has been carried on to completion. 

Changes in the boundary lines between Boston and the 
adjacent municipalities have been made during the year by 
the following legislative acts, duplicate plans of which were 
made by the Surveying Division, one copy of which is on 
file in the office of the Secretary of State and the other in the 
office of the City Engineer of the City of Boston : 

Between Boston and Newton at and near Commonwealth 
avenue, chapter 242, Acts of 1898. Approved by the 
Governor, March 29, 1898. 

Between Boston and Newton at and near Nonantum 
street, chapter 431, Acts of 1898. Approved by the Gov- 
ernor, May 13, 1898. 



28 City Document No. 12. 

Between Boston and Cambridge, from Harvard bridge 
and the West Boston bridge through the Charles river, 
chapter 243, Acts of 1898. Approved by the Governor, 
March 29, 1898. 

Between Boston and Hyde Park at and near Ashland 
street, chapter 251, Acts of 1898. Approved by the Gov- 
ernor, April 1, 1898. 

By chapter 298, Acts of the Legislature of 1898, the 
City of Boston was authorized to lay out as public alleys all 
passageways less than twenty-five feet in width, the cost of 
laying-out and construction to be assessed upon the abutters. 

By order of the Board of Street Commissioners, acting 
under this act, there have been prepared plans of fifty-eight 
public alleys, representing a total length of 23,000 feet or 
about 4.36 miles. 

These public alleys are numbered numerically, according 
to their location in districts into which the city has been 
divided for the purpose. This division has been made in 
such a manner that no district shall contain more than one 
hundred public allej^s. Thus Public Alley No. 1 is under- 
stood to be in district No. 1, also all alleys bearing numbers 
less than one hundred. District No. 2 includes all alleys 
numbered from 101 up to 200, and so on. 

By chapter 419 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1897, 
the City of Boston was authorized to assess the cost of street 
watering upon the abutters. The duty of making this 
assessment was delegated to the Superintendent of Streets, 
for whom this division furnished the frontages of all estates 
abutting on public streets in the city proper. South Boston, 
East Boston, Roxbury and Charlestown, and parts of Dor- 
chester, West Roxbury and Brighton, within a radius of four 
miles from the City Hall. 

The frontages of over 50,000 estates were thus obtained, 
representing a total length of about 525 miles. 

Important changes in the grades of a number of streets 
have been ordered by the Superior Court, occasioned by the 
change of location of the Old Colony Railroad, between 
Columbia road and South Boston. Plans showing the 
changes have been made of the following streets, viz. : Dor- 
chester avenue, Howell street, Washburn street, Rawson 
street, Powell street, Boston street, Ellery street, Swett 
street. Dexter street, Albert street and Kemp street. 

Surveys and plans have been made for the widening of 
Charlestown street, from Haymarket square to Causeway 
street. The street thus widened will be ninety-two feet wide 
and will make direct connection with the new Charlestown 
bridge. 



ENGESrEERING DEPARTMENT. 29 

That an easy grade might be established for the approach 
to the new bridge it has been necessary to raise the grades of 
the adjacent streets, and for this purpose plans have been pre- 
pared for the revision of grade of the following streets, viz. : 
Causeway street. Commercial street, Endicott street. Prince 
street, Medford street and Charles River avenue. 

Surveys and plans have been made for school purposes for 
the taking of land for a High School in East Boston, on 
Marion street, between Princeton street and Saratoga street, 
and for a Grammar School in Dorchester, on Perth street, 
between Quincy street and Phipps avenue, also for additions 
to present school sites at Thomas park, South Boston, the 
Warren School, and the Monument street, Charlestown, the 
Munroe-street School, Roxbury, and Bailey-street and School- 
street schools in Dorchester. 

Plans involving suiweys for other public purposes include 
bath-house lots on East Ninth street, South Boston, Cabot 
street, Roxbury, and Orchard park, Roxbury, a Gymnasium 
lot on Paris street, East Boston, an addition to engine- 
house lot on Allbright court, Dorchester and the paving 
yard, Chelsea street, East Boston. 

A survey has been made of the cemetery on Walter street. 
West Roxbury, and a plan of the same has been prepared for 
the Cemetery Department. Surveys of other cemeteries are 
in progress. 

The work of the department has been considerably in- 
creased by reason of the passage, by the Legislature, of 
chapter 134, Acts of 1898, which require cities and towns 
to file in the Registry of Deeds a plan of all lands which 
are purchased or taken for public sewer, street or higliAvay 
purposes, within sixty days after the passage of its order or 
vote so to purchase or take. 

Two hundred and twenty-one plans and profiles represent- 
ing a total length of 31.38 miles, showing 2,128 buildings, 
property owners' names, established grades, areas of land 
taken, or to be taken for street widenings or relocations, 
public alleys, etc., were completed for the Street Laying-Out 
Department and for the Paving Division of the Street De- 
partment. 

A complete list giving all plans made during the year will 
be found in the appendix. 

The demands upon this division for additional work have 
made it necessary at times, as in former years, to call into its 
service several suiweying parties from the Street Laying- 
Out Department. 

Estimates for the construction of eighteen streets have 
been prepared and submitted to the Street Commissioners. 



30 City Document No. 12. 

Thirty-six plans of private streets submitted by property 
owners, for the approval of tlie Street Commissioners, have 
been examined as to the proper lines and grades, the approval 
or revision of which have required in many cases additional 
work on the ground. 

Locations of eight hundred fifty-two catch-basins on one 
hundred eighty-six different streets were furnished the Pav- 
ing and Sewer Divisions of the Street Department. The lines 
and grades of a large portion of these were marked on the 
ground, and all of them were located upon plans made for 
the purpose. 

Lot frontages were obtained for the Sewer Division, for 
sewer assessment purposes, on fifty-three different streets and 
eighty-two accident and other plans were made for the Law 
Department. 

There are now filed in the Surveying Division a total of 
three hundred eighty-one plans, size 4 feet by 4 feet, made 
by the Board of Survey, and the Board of Street Commis- 
sioners, under the provision of chapter 323 of the Acts of 
1891 and amendments thereto, showing proposed development 
of territory in outlymg districts. 

The plans and other data on record in the department 
occasionally prove of much service to the local historian. 

At one time during the year the following information 
was furnished to one who was making a review of important 
events during the last fifty years, and may be of interest to 
those who read this report : 

Digging down of Fort Hill commenced September, 1866. 

Mill Pond, north of Haymarket square filled up, 1845. 

Streets began to be built on South Cove lands in 1846. 

Filling of Back Bay carried out in accordance with agree- 
ments made in 1856 and 1864. 

Raising of Suffolk-street District, under Act of Legisla- 
ture passed June 4, 1868. 

Raising of Church-street District under Act of Legisla- 
ture passed June 1, 1867. 

Atlantic -avenue extension. Commercial street to Broad 
street, December 18, 1868. 

Hanover street widening Court street to Blackstone street, 
December 31, 1868. 

Blackstone street to Commercial street, October 15, 1869. 

Washington-street extension from Cornhill to Haymarket 
square, November 6, 1872. 

Shawmut-avenue extension, Dover street to Tremont street, 
October 10, 1870. 

Streets widened after fire, November 9, 1872. 



Engineering DBPARTivrENT. 



31 



Public Garden : 

Lands offered for sale 1853. 

Pond completed, 1861. 

Iron fence completed 1863. 

Stone bridge bridge across the pond completed 1867. 
Annexations : 

Washington Village to Boston, June 10, 1855. 

Charlestown to Boston, January 5, 1874. 

Roxbury to Boston, January 6, 1868. 

Dorchester to Boston, January 3, 1870. 

West Roxbury to Boston, January 5, 1874. 

Brighton to Boston, January 5, 1874. 

The Metropolitan, South Boston and Cambridge Horse 
Railways opened for travel, 1856. 

The Middlesex in 1857. 

Cars run through Cornhill, 1867. 

Tolls taken off Charles river bridge, April 30, 1858. 

Tolls taken off Chelsea bridge. May 6, 1850. 

Craigie's bridge made free, February 1, 1858. 

Warren bridge made free, April 30, 1858. 

West Boston bridge made free, February 1, 1858. 

In connection with the Surveying Division there have 
been 4,304 titles examined, 2,587 deeds and 532 plans copied 
from the Registry of Deeds. 

Of these, 1,707 titles were examined, 1,002 deeds and 
203 plans copied in connection with surveys and plans of 
sewerage works for the Street Commissioners, under chapter 
426 of the Acts of 1897. 



The following list gives the number of orders attended to 

for property owners, builders and the various city depart- 
ments, from February 1, 1898, to February 1, 1899 : 

Street lines given . . . . . . 457 

Street grades given . . . . . . 371 

Street Department, Paving Division . . . 1,480 

Street Department, Sewer Division . . . 798 

Street Department, Street Watering Division . 1 

Buildings Department 4,427 

Public Buildings Department .... 54 

Public Grounds Department .... 5 

Law Department ....... 82 

Street Commissioners ...... 424 

Engineering Department . . . . . 125 

Park Department ...... 11 

Water Department ...... 9 

Carried forivard ...... 8,244 



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City Document No. 12. 



Brought fortvard . 
Police Department 
Public Bath Department 
Fire Department . 
Cemetery Department . 
School Committee 
Mayor and City Council 



8,244 

10 

4 

2 

3 



Total 



,278 



Thirteen hundred and fifteen blue prints have been made 
during the year. 

List of plans for sewerage works made during the year 
ending February 1, 1899 : 

Plans for Brook Takings. 
Dorchester. 

Length in feet. 

Canterbury branch of Stony brook, from Franklin 

field to Harvard street ' 6,040 

Davenport brook, from Dorchester avenue to rear 

of Magdala street 380 

Freeport-street brook, from Pleasant street to tide- 
water between Dorchester avenue and Old Colony 
Railroad 1,050 

Harvard-street brook, from Calder street to Frank- 
lin field 380 

Mattapan brook, from Morton street and Selden 
street, to Blue Hill avenue, at New England 
Railroad ........ 5,460 

Oakland Garden branch of Stony brook, from Har- 
vard street to Franklin field .... 2,640 

Tenean Creek, Park street to main channel . . 420 

West Selden street, from W. Selden street, to Nepon 
set river ....... 



West Ttoxbxiry. 

Canterbury branch of Stony brook, from Harvard 
street to main channel ..... 
May street, from May street to parkway 

Brighton. 

Faneuil Valley brook, from Lake street to Wash- 
ington street ....... 

Carried forward ...... 



1,480 



5,200 
390 



1,075 
24,515 



Engineering Department. 33 

Length in feet. 

Brought forward ...... 24,515 

Salt Creek brook, from Commonwealth avenue, 

across Boston & Albany Railroad to tide water . 1,160 
Shepard brook, from Shannon street to the Wool 

pond 9,300 

Sutherland road brook, from Kilsyth road to Suth- 
erland road . . . . . . . 530 

Total 35,505 

Plans for Sewer Takings. 

Dorchester. 

Adams street, from Adams street to Milton Branch ^^et. 

Railroad 610 

Carlisle street, from Centre street, southeasterly . 225 

Ceylon street, from Columbia road to Quincy street . 900 

Ferndale street, extension to Southern avenue . 140 
Idaho street, from River street to Metropolitan 

sewer ........ 230 

Savin Hill, from Sydney street to Endleigh street . 1,630 

Sydney street, from Sydney street to Marsh land . 270 
Van Winkle street, from Van Winkle street to 

Bushnell street . . . . . . 145 

West Roxhury. 

Brookside avenue, from Brookside avenue to Ar- 

gyle street ....... 330 

Keith street and Lasell street, between . . . 290 

Rosemary street, from Rosemary street to Spalding 

street 195 

Spalding street, from South street to Old Colony 

Railroad land ....... 460 

Roxhury. 

Lamont street, from Lamont street to land of 

Williams 58 

Charlestown. 
Roland street, taking in Somerville . . . 124 

Brighton. 
Harriet street, from Harriet street to Faneuil 

street 685 

Total 6,192 



34 



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The following table gives the monthly amounts of paving 
work measured by the Surveying Division of the Engineering 
Department for the year ending January 31, 1899 : 



If 






cKP- 






&«.2 



February . 

March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August — 
September 
October . . . 
November. 
December. 
January, 1 

Totals. 



Noue 

517 

1,913 

11,220 
6,870 
3,766 
11,627 
14,810 
10,067 
5,714 
1.499 



3,917 
7,519 
6.829 
3,971 
6,013 
11,663 
11,245 
1,918 
1,277 



None 

158 

536 

1,802 

1,915 

1,117 

763 

2,988 

2,650 

1,762 

558 



None 
206 
1,760 
4,820 
5,530 
4,533 
1,118 
8,106 
8,329 
7,069 
2,459 



None 
42 
675 



1,092 
2,245 

633 
1,525 
2,116 

622 



76,9 



56,541 



43,930 11,652 



1,619 



As a matter of record, the following list is given of the 
work done for the Paving Division of the Street Department, 
from February 1, 1898, to February 1, 1899: 

Boston Proper. 

Allen street, plan and profile of edgestone for grade. 

Allen street, Charles street to Brighton street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
Atlantic avenue, westerly side, Central street to Central 

Wharf. Grade for edgestone. 
Atlantic avenue, northerly corner Summer street. Line and 

grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and 

measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Atlantic avenue, No. 615. Line and grade for edgestone, line 

and grade of edgestone tested and measurement of side- 
walk paving. 
Atlantic avenue, at Fort Hill Wharf. Line and grade for 

edgestone. 
Atlantic avenue. Long Wharf to Commercial Wharf. Line 

and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 

roadway and sidewalk paving. 



Engineering Department. 35 

Atlantic avenue, Nos. 251-253. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Bay street, off Fayette street. Plan and profile of edgestone 
for grade, grade for edgestone, and measurement of 
edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 

Beach street, easterly corner Utiea street. Grade of edgestone 
tested. 

Beacon street, easterly corner Hereford street. Grade of 
edgestone tested. 

Berwick park, grade for edgestone, measurement of edgestone, 
gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk paving. 

Blackwood street, northeasterly side. Grade of edgestone 
tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edge- 
stone tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Blackwood street, southwesterly side. Line and grade for 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Bond street, westerly corner Milford street. Measurement of 
sidewalk paving. 

Bothnia street, at Boylston street. Measurement of edge- 
stone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Boylston street. No. 144. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Boylston street, southeasterly side, Massachusetts avenue to 
Bothnia street. Line and grade for edgestone and measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Bowdoin street, Cambridge street to Allston street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter, crosswalks and sidewalk paving. 

Charles street, easterly corner Fruit street. Line and grade 
for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone and roadway 
paving. 

Dartmouth street, northerly corner Stuart street. Measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Dartmouth street, southwesterly side, Columbus avenue to 
bridge. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Dartmouth street, southerly corner Harwich street. Plan and 
profile for grade. 

Dundee street, No. 45. Grade of edgestone tested and meas- 
urement of sidewalk paving. 

Dundee street, Nos. 59 to 69. Grade of edgestone tested, line 
and grade for edgestone, and line and grade of edgestone 
tested. 

Dundee street, Nos. 49 to 57. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

East Concord street, Washington street to Harrison avenue. 
Plan and profile of edgestone for grade. 

Eaton street, measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Essex street, westerly corner Oxford street. Line and grade 
of edgestone tested (twice) . 

Fayette street, line and grade for edgestone, and measurement 
of edgestone, roadwaj' and sidewalk paving. 

Federal street, northwesterly corner Summer street. Grade of 
edgestone tested. 



36 City Document No. 12. 

Fruit street, easterly corner Charles street. Line and grade 
for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone and gutter 
paving. 

Hayward place, Nos. 18 to 22. Grade of edgestone tested, 
grade for edgestone, and grade of edgestone tested. 

Hereford street, northerly corner Boylston street. Grade for 
edgestone and measurement for assessment. 

Hereford street, southerly corner Commonwealth avenue. 
Grade for edgestone and measurement for assessment. 

Hereford street, easterly corner Beacon street. Grade of 
edgestone tested, grade for edgestone and grade of edgestone 
tested. 

Hull street, plan and profile of edgestone for grade, line and 
grade for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, road- 
way and sidewalk paving. 

India street, No. 68. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Kneeland street, at Tyler street. Measurement of edgestone, 
roadway and sidewalk paving. 

Lewis street, westerly corner North street. Line and grade 
for edgestone. 

Margaret street, measurement of edgestone, roadway and side- 
walk paving. 

Melrose street, plan and profile of edgestone for grade, grade 
for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, roadway and 
sidewalk paving. 

Milford street, westerly corner Bond street. Grade of edge- 
stone tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Mt. Vernon street. No. 26. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Norway street, Nos. 37 to 43. Grade of edgestone tested, line 
and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested 
and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Parkman street. North Grove street to North Russell street. 
Measurement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 

St. Botolph street, easterly corner Blackwood street. Line 
and grade of edgestone tested and measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

St. Germain street, Nos. 43 to 65. Line and grade of edge- 
stone tested, hne and grade for edgestones, line and grade of 
edgestone tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

St. Germain street, Nos. 27 to 31. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade of edgestone tested, and measurement 
of sidewalk paving. 

St. Germain street, Nos. 33 to 41. Line and grade of edge- 
stone tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of 
edgestone tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Sheafe street, plan and profile of edgestone for grade, hne and 
grade for edgestone, and measurement of crosswalk, road- 
way and sidewalk paving. 

Summer street, northerly corner Atlantic avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone, grade of edgestone tested, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 



Engineering Department. 37 

Tyler street, Curve street to Harvard street. Plan and profile 
of edgestoue for grade and line and grade for edgestone. 

Tyler street, Harvard street to Beach street. Line and grade 
for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter, cross- 
walks, and sidewalk paving. 

Wellington street, Columbus avenue to Carleton street. 
Plan and profile of edgestone for grade, line and grade for 
edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and side- 
walk pa\nng. 

West Concord street, Washington street to Shawmut avenue. 
Plan and profile of edgestone for grade. 

West Dedham street, Tremont street to Shawmut avenue. 
Grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

Willard street, line and grade for edgestone and measurement 
of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 

Winchester street, Ferdinand street to Chui'ch street. Plan 
and profile of edgestone for grade. 

South Boston. 

B street, West Sixth street to West Seventh street. Measure- 
ment and levels on edgestone, line and grade for resetting 
edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, roadway, crossing 
and brick sidewalk repaving. 

B street, between West Fourth street and West Sixth street 
Measurement of sidewalk, edgestone and roadway paving. 

B street, between West Fourth street and West Seventh street 
Measurement of paving over sewer trench. 

Congress street, at New England R.R. Line and grade for 
edgestone, and measurement of edgestone and roadway pav 
ing. 

Dorchester avenue, between D street and Dexter street. Meas 
uremeut of sidewalk, edgestone and roadway paving. 

Dorchester avenue, between Old Colony R.R., and D street 
Measurement of roadway paving. 

Dorchester avenue, between Dexter street and Andrew square, 
Line and grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of 
roadway paving. 

Dorchester street, easterly corner Vale street. Levels to test 
edgestone and sidewalk. 

East Second street, Nos. 722-726. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

East Third street, Nos. 572-588. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

East Third street, Nos. 596-602. Estimate for edgestone 
required, and line and grade for setting edgestone. 

East Fourth street, between H street and I street. Line and 
grade for resetting edgestone, and measurement of side- 
walk, edgestone, gutter and crossing paving. 



S8 City Docurient No. 12. 

East Fourth street, between M street and N street, southerly 
side. Measurement of sidewalk, edgestone and gutter pav- 
ing. 

East Fifth street, No. 511. Line and grade for edgestone. 

East Fifth street, between I street and K street. Line and 
grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of sidewalk, 
edgestone and gutter paving. 

Emerson street, between K street and L street. Line and 
grade for resetting curb. 

Loring street, between West Seventh street and West Eighth 
street. Line and grade for resetting edgestone and measure- 
ment of sidewalk, edgestone, gutter and crossing paving. 

Old Harbor street, No. 96. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Vale street, easterly corner Dorchester street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, levels to test edgestone and sidewalk, 
and measurement of sidewalk and edgestone paving. 

Vale street, Nos. 7-17. Estimate of edgestone required, line 
and grade for edgestone and levels to test edgestone. 

Vale street, Nos. 6-8. Line and grade for edgestone. 

West Eighth street, northeasterly corner Loring street. Line 
and grade for resetting edgestone. 

Woodward street, between i)orchester avenue and Dorchester 
street. Line and grade for resetting edgestone and measure- 
ment of sidewalk, edgestone and gutter pa%dng. 

East Boston (including Breed's Island). 

Bennington street, at Parlcw^ay. Measurement of crossing. 

Breed street, between Leyden street and Ashley avenue. Line 
and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and crossing paving. 

Bremen street. No. 366. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Brooks street, easterly side between Morris street and Chelsea 
street. Line and grade for edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone, gutter and brick sidewalk repaving. 

Brook street, between West Eagle street and White street. 
Measurement of edgestone, gutter and brick sidewalk repav- 
ing. 

Central square, measurement of crossing and roadway paving. 

Chelsea street, Marion street, Morris street and Paris street. 
Plan of City Paving Yard and City Sewer Yard. 

Chelsea street, northerly corner Brooks street. Measurement 
of brick sidewalk repaving. 

Decatur street, between Border street and Meridian street. 
Measurements and levels on edgestone, line and grade for 
resetting edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter 
driveway, crossing and brick sidewalk repaving. 

East Eagle street, northerly side, at Chemical works and West 
End power-house. Measurement of driveway and gutter 
paving. 

Eutaw street. Meridian street to Border street. Measurement 
of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick sidewalk repaving. 



Engineering Department. 39 

Falcon street, No. 143. Line and grade for resetting edgestone. 

Horace street, No. 87. Line and grade for resetting edgestone. 

Horace street. No. 87. Levels on edgestone for artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Jeffries street, between Maverick street and Everett street. 
Measurement of crossings and driveway repaving. 

Lexington street, northerly side, between Marion street and 
No. 98. Levels and measurements on edgestone and line 
and grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of edge- 
stone, brick sidewalk repaving and new roadway paving. 

London street, Nos. 221-223. Line and grade for setting edge- 
stone. 

London street, southerly corner of Porter street. Line and 
grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and brick sidewalk paving. 

riarginal street, between Cottage street and B. R. B. and L. 
R.R. Measurement of edgestone and roadway repaving. 

flaverick street, No. 196. Line and grade for setting edge- 
stone. 

Maverick street. No. 236. Line and grade for setting edge- 
stone. 

flaverick street, at Jeffries street. Measurement of crossing. 

Maverick square, Measurement of roadway repaving. 

fleridian street, between Maverick square anci Central square. 
Measurements and levels on edgestone and electric car tracks, 
line and grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone, gutter, driveway, crossing and brick sidewalk 
repa^dng. 

riorris street, between Brooks street and Putnam street. Line 
and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gut- 
ter and brick sidewalk paving. 

Paris street, at Meridian street. Measurement of roadway and 
gutter repaving. 

Paris street, Nos. 216 and 218. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone. 

Paris street. No. 146. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick side- 
walk paving. 

Pope street, Nos. 5 to 14. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick side- 
walk pa^'ing. 

Porter street. No. 33. Line and grade for resetting edgestone. 

Putnam street. No. 291. Line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Putnam street, between Chelsea street and Bremen street. 
Line and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and brick sidewalk paving. ■ 

Webster street, B. and M. R.R. to Lewis street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, driveway, roadway and brick sidewalk 
repaving. 

W. Eagle street, No. 78. Line and grade for setting edgestone. 



40 City Document No. 12. 

W. Eagle street, northerly side, Meridian street, to Brooks 
street. Plan showing frontages, edgestone and brick side- 
walks and amount of edgestone required. 

Charlestown. 

Alford street. Main street to Maiden bridge. Plan and profile 
of edgestone for grade. 

Arlington avenue, southerly side, between Beacham street and 
Dorrance street. Measurements and levels for fixing grade, 
line and grade for setting edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone and gutter paving. 

Arlington avenue, between Alford street and Dorrance street. 
Measurement of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick side- 
walk repaving. 

Beacham street, between Main street and Arlington avenue. 
Line and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter, crossing, driveway and brick sidewalk paving. 

Call street. Park street to Chelsea street. Measurements and 
levels on edgestone, line and grade for resetting edgestone 
and measurements of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick 
sidewalk repaving. 

Chestnut street, between Monument square and Chelsea street. 
Measurements and levels for profile of edgestone, line and 
grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter, driveway, crossing and brick sidewalk repaving. 

Eden street. Main street to Russell street. Measurements and 
levels on edgestone. 

Harvard street, Washington street toDevens street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick sidewalk re- 
pa\ang. 

Joiner street, Park street to Water street. Measurements and 
levels on edgestone, line and grade for resetting edgestone 
and measurements of edgestone, gutter, driveway, crossing 
and brick sidewalk repa\'ing. 

Main street, northerly side, at and near Beacham street. Meas- 
urement of edgestone, driveway and brick sidewalk repa\Ting. 

riarion street, Bunker Hill street to Princeton street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick sidewalk re- 
paving. 

mil street, Essex street to Rutherford avenue. Measurements 
and levels on edgestone, line and grade for resetting edge- 
stone and measurement of new roadway paving. 

Miller street, Lawrence street to Rutherford avenue. Measure- 
ments and levels on edgestone, line and grade for resetting 
edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter, driveway 
and brick sidewalk repaving, 

Perkins street, between Cambridge street and Sonierville line. 
Measurements and levels for profile of edgestone, line and 
grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter, driveway, crossing, brick sidewalk repaving and new 
roadway paving. 



Engineering Department. 41 

Perkins street, Somerville line to B. and M. R.R. Plan and 
profile of edgestone for grade and line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

Princeton street, Lexington street to Tufts street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, crossing, gutter and brick sidewalk re- 
pa\ang. 

Rutherford avenue, between Chapman street and Dunstable 
street. Measurements of block stone roadway. 

West street, between Beacbam street and Alford street. Meas- 
urement of edgestone, gutter, driveway and brick sidewalk 
repaving. 

ROXBURY. 

Adams street, Orchard street to No. 23. Grade of edgestone 
tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edge- 
stone tested and measurement of edgestone, gutter and side- 
walk paving. 

Albany street, Mall street to Dearborn street. Measurement 
of roadway paving. 

Ambrose street. Measurement of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk 
and sidewalk paving. 

Auburn street, easterly corner Mt. Vernon street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Batchelder street, between Marshfield street and Burrell street. 
Measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Bay State road, northerly side, between Sherborn street and 
Deerfield street. Grade of edgestone tested, line and grade 
for edgestone, grade of edgestone tested and measurement 
of sidewalk paving. 

Bay State road, northerly side, near Granby street. Grade 
of edgestone tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Blue Hill avenue. No. 225. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Blue Hill avenue, easterly corner Quincy street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Blue Hill avenue, northerly corner Quincy street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Blue Hill avenue, easterly corner Grove street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and 
measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Blue Hill avenue, westerly corner Otisfield street. Grade for 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk pacing. 

Blue Hill avenue, southeasterly side, Intervale street to 
Brunswick street. Line and grade of edgestone tested, line 
and grade of edgestone and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Blue Hill avenue, easterly corner Devon street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, grade for edgestone, line and grade of 
edgestone tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 



42 City Document No. 12. 

Blue Hill avenue, northwesterly side, near Schuyler street. 
Line and grade of edgestone tested and measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

Bickford street, at Plant's factory. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Bower street, westerly corner Humboldt avenue. Grade of 
edgestone tested, grade for edgestone, line and grade of edge- 
stone tested and measurement of edgestone, gutter and side- 
walk paving. 

Bower street, measurement of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk, 
and sidewalk paving. 

Burke street, line and grade for edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone, gutter paving. 

Burney street, westerly corner Tremont street. Line and 
grade of edgestone tested, line and grade for edgestone, line 
and grade of edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Burrell street, northerly corner Clifton street. Measurement 
of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Burrell street, at Marshfield street. Measurement of edge- 
stoue, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Calumet street, Nos. 34 and 36. Measurement of edgestone. 

Camden street, southwesterly side Tremont street to North- 
field street. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Camden street, at Roosevelt street. Grade of edgestone tested, 
line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 
tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Cedar street, Nos. 2 to 46. Measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

Cedar street, northerly corner Highland street. Measurement 
of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Centre street, westerly corner Penryth street. Line and grade 
of edgestone tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Centre street, easterly corner Columbus avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

Chadwick street, Nos. 3 to 19. Measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Chestnut avenue, easterly corner Mozart street. Measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Circuit street, No. 71 to "Washington street. Measurement of 
edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk paving. 

Clifton street, northerly corner Burrell street. Measurement 
of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Clifton street, southwesterly side, Albion street to Cottage 
street. Measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 
paving. 

Columbus avenue, northerly corner "West Walnut park. Grade 
of edgestone tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested, grade for inside of sidewalk 
paving and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 
paving. 



Engineering Department. 43 

Conant street, Phillips street to Huntington avenue. Grade 
for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter, cross- 
walk and sidewalk paving. 

Copeland street, easterly corner Waverly street. Measurement 
of sidewalk paving. 

Cunard street, Nos. 10-12. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Cunard street, Nos. 33-35. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Dale street, Nos. 111-113. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Day street, nortbeasterlj' corner Eound Hill street. Line and 
grade of edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone and 
gutter paving. 

Dearborn street, easterly side, Ambrose street to Eustis street. 
Measurement of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk 
paving. 

Downing street, Nos. 20 and 23. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Dudley street. No. 90 to Guild row. Measurement of edge- 
stone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

East Lenox street, northeasterly side, Harrison avenue to 
Reed street. Measurement for assessment. 

East Lenox street, southerly corner Harrison avenue. Meas- 
urement for assessment. 

Edgewood street, measurement of edgestone, gutter, cross- 
walk and sidewalk paving. 

Elm Hill avenue, Crawford street to Howland street. Plan 
and profile for grade. 

Elm li ill avenue, westerly corner Howland street. Measure- 
ment of sidewallc paving and measurement for assessment. 

Fellows street, westerly corner East Lenox street. Grade 
of edgestone tested and grade for edgestone. 

Fellows street, easterly corner Hunneman street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk pa\4ng. 

Fellows street, northerly corner Hunneman street. Line and 
grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone and 
gutter paving. 

Flagg street, Nos. 18-22. Measurement for assessment. 

Forest street, Nos. 2-4. Measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

George street, northerly corner Langdon street. Line and 
grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

George street. No. 135. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk pa-vdng. 

Guild row, northwesterly side. Measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Hampden street, Nos. 198-202. Measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk pax-ing. 

Harrison avenue, southeasterly side, Webber street to Hunne- 
man street. Measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 



44 City Document No. 12. 

Harrison avenue, Nos. 1114-1116. Measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

Harrison avenue, Nos. 1174-1180. Measurement of side- 
wallv paving. 

Hemenway street, westerly side, opposite Bata^da street. 
Grade for edgestone. 

Highland street, Nos. 67-85. Measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Hillside street, Nos. 176-178. Line and grade for edgestone 
and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Hoi born street, measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Homestead street, No. 95. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of 
edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, gutter and 
sidewalk paving. 

Humboldt avenue, Munroe street to Bower street. Plan and 
profile of edgestone for revised grade. 

Humboldt avenue, westerly corner Bower street. Grade of 
edgestone tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Humboldt avenue, Nos. 51-57. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade of edgestone tested and measurement 
of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Humboldt avenue. No. 69. Grade of edgestone tested and 
measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Humboldt avenue, southeasterly corner Townsend street. 
Grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Hunneman street, northerly corner Fellows street. Line and 
grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone and gut- 
ter paving. 

Hunneman street, easterly corner Fellows street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested and 
measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Hunneman street, southerly corner Fellows street. Grade of 
edgestone tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Hunneman street, northerly corner Albany street. Line and 
grade of edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone and 
sidewalk paving. 

Ingleside street, Nos. 13-15. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Ingleside street, No. 8. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 
line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 
tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Kent street, at Vernon street. Measurement of gutter paving. 

Kent street, northerly corner Roxbury street. Measm-ement 
of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 



Engineerikg Department. 45 

Kingsbury street, easterly corner Washington street. Line 
and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested 
and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Lament street, Nos. 8 and 11. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Lawrence avenue, southerly side, corner Blue Hill avenue. 
Line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 
tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

flail street, at Albany street. Measurement of crosswalk and 
gutter pa^^ug. 

flarcella street, Nos. 14-20. Measurement of edgestone, gut- 
ter and sidewalk paving. 

riarshfield street, Nos. 30-34 and 38. Measurement of edge- 
stone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Massachusetts avenue, westerly side, north of Norway street. 
Grade of edgestone tested, hne and grade for edgestone and 
line and grade of edgestone tested. 

Massachusetts avenue, northwesterly corner Norway street. 
Grade of edgestone tested, line and grade for edgestone, 
grade of edgestone tested and measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Maywood street, No. 50. Line and grade for edgestone and 
line and grade of edgestone tested. 

Minden street, northerly side, between Walden and Schiller 
streets. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Minden street, No. 131. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and crosswalk pa%ang. 

Montrose street. No. 26. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Mountfort street, northerly side, near Beacon street. Line 
and grade for edgestone, Une and grade of edgestone tested 
and measurement of sidewalk paxang. 

flountfort street, Nos. 49-51. Line and grade for edgestone, 
line and grade of edgestone tested and measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

Mt. Pleasant avenue, Nos. 10-12. Measurement of edge- 
stone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Mt. Pleasant avenue, Nos. 114 and 126. Line and grade for 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, and measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Mozart street, easterly corner Chestnut avenue. Measurement 
of sidewalk paving. 

Munroe street, No. 80. Line and grade for edgestone, line 
and grade of edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Newbury street, northeasterly corner Charles Gate East. Line 
and grade for edgestone, hne and grade of edgestone tested, 
and measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

Norfolk avenue, between Magazine street and Gerard street. 
Plan and profile of edgestone for grade. 



46 City Document No. 12. 

Norfolk avenue, Magazine street to Shirley street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, roadway, 
approximate sidewalk grading and sidewalk paving. 

Norfolk avenue, No. 31. Measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

Northampton street, at Roosevelt street. Line and grade for 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Norway street, northwesterly corner Massachusetts avenue. 
Line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 
tested and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Otisfield street, westerly side, corner Blue Hill avenue. Grade 
of edgestone tested and grade for edgestone. 

Paul Gore street. No. 53. Measurement of edgestone, gutter 
and sidewalk paving. 

Quincy street, northerly corner Blue Hill avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, 
and measuremunt of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Quincy street, easterly corner Blue Hill avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Reed street, easterly corner East Lenox street. Measurement 
for assessment. 

Round Hill street^ easterly corner Day street. Line and grade 
for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and 
sidewalk paving. 

Roxbury street, westerly corner Guild row. Measurement of 
edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Ruthven street, Nos. 152 and 156. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 
paving. 

Ruthven street, Nos. 176 and 182. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Savin street, No. 57. Line and grade for edgestone, and 
measiu'ement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Sherman street, Bower street to Ottawa street. Measurement 
of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk paving. 

Shirley street, at George street. Measurement of crosswalk 
and roadway paving. 

Terry street, westerly corner Tremont street. Measurement of 
edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Thorndike street, northerly side, near Washington street. Line 
and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested 
twice, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 
paving. 

Thornton street, westerly corner Valentine street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewall?: paving. 

Townsend street. No, 30, northeasterly ^ side, to Codman 
park. Measurement of gutter paving. 

Townsend street, easterly corner Humboldt avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, 
and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 



ENGLN BERING DEPARTMENT. 47 

Tremont street, northerly side, corner Riverside street. Grade 

of edgestoue tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Tremont street, railroad to Merton place. Measurement of 

edgestoue, gutter and sidewalk paving. 
Tremont street, westerly corner Burney street. Line and grade 

of edgestone tested, and measurement of edgestoue, gutter 

and sidewalk paving. 
Turner street, at bend. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Vernon street, Washington street to Cabot street. Line and 

grade for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, gutter, 

crosswalk and sidewalk paving. 
Vernon street, Tremont street to Cabot street. Measurement 

of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk paving. 
Wabeno street, between Wabon street and Wyoming street. 

Line and grade for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, 

gutter and sidewalk paving. 
Wabeno street. No. 5. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 

and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Wabeno street, easterly corner Wabon street. Line and grade 

of edgestone tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Wabeno street, opposite Wabon street. Line and grade for 

edgestone, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and 

sidewalk paving. 
Wait street, at Huntington avenue. Grade for edgestone, and 

measurement of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk 

paving. 
Warren street, opposite Holborn street. Grade for edgestone, 

and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk pa\ing. 
Warren street, at Georgia street. Measui'ement of crosswalk 

and roadway paving. 
Waverley street, easterly corner Copeland street. Measurement 

of sidewalk paving. 
Washington street, northwesterly side, William street to Ball 

street. Measurement of edgestone, roadway, crosswalk and 

sidewalk paving. 
Washington street, northerly corner Vernon street. Measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 
Washington street, southerly side, corner Kingsbury street. 

Line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 

tested, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 

paving. 
Waumbeck street, northerly corner Warren street. Measure- 
ment for assessment. 
Waumbeck street. No. 41. Line and grade of edgestone 

tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Waumbeck street, northeasterly side, near Humboldt avenue. 

Line and grade for edgestone, Une and grade of edgestone 

tested, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 

paving. 
Webber street, plan and profile of edgestone for grade and 

measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 



48 City Document No. 12. 

Webber street, Nos. 25 and 27. Grade of edgestone tested, 

line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 

tested, and measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 

paving. 
Wensley street. Grade for grading, and approximate estimate 

of cutting. 
West Walnut park, northerly corner Columbus avenue. Line 

and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, 

and grade for inside of sidewalk, and measurement of 

edgestone and gutter paving. 
Wigglesworth street, Tremont street to Huntington avenue. 

Line and grade for edgestone. 
Wyman street, Nos. 34 and 36. Line and grade of edgestone, 

tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Wyman street. No. 38. Grade of edgestone tested, and 

measurement of sidewalk paving, 
Wyman street, Nos. 63 to 71. Measurement of edgestone, 

gutter and sidewalk paving. 
Wyman street, Nos. 72 to 76. Measurement of edgestone, 

gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Dorchester. 

Abbot street, No. 28. Line and grade for edgestone, line 

and grade tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Adams street. No. 293. Edgestone tested and artificial stone 

measured. 
Alban street, No. 71. Measurement of artificial stone. 
Aiban street. No. 93. Edgestone tested and measurement of 

artificial stone. 
Ashmont street, at Washington street. Line and grade for 

crossings. 
Athelwold street. No. 6. Measurement of artificial stone. 
Athelwold street, Nos. 29, 31, 33. Measurement of artificial 

stone. 
Athelwold street, at southeasterly corner Merlin street. 

Measurement of artificial stone. 
Bakersfield street, between Stoughton street and Trescott 

street. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Bakersfield street, No. 16. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Batchelder street, easterly side, Burrell street to Marshfield 

street. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Bellevue street and Quincy street, at northerly corner. Line 

and grade for edgestone and measurement of paving. 
Bellevue street, No. 17. Line and grade for edgestone, line 

and grade tested, and measurement of artificial stone. 
Bellevue street, at Stanley street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, and measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 
Bernard street. Measurement of artificial stone. 
Blue Hill avenue, southeasterly corner Walk Hill street. 

Line and grade for construction. 



ENGiNEEEEsra Department. 49 

Bowdoin street, No. 101. Line and grade of edgestone tested 
and measnrement of artificial stone. 

Bowdoin street, at Oakley street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

Bradlee street, Nos. 29-31. Line and grade for edgestone, 
edgestone tested and measurement of paving. 

Brookford street, at corner Rand street. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Burrell street, at northerly corner Clifton street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Burreil street, Nos. 77, 80, 83, 87, 89. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Burrell street, at corner of Batchelder street. Line and grade 
for edgestone and measurement of paving. 

Capen street, between Norfolk street and Evans street. Line 
and grade for construction. 

Carlisle street, at Centre street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone and measurement of paving. 

Centre street. No. 5. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of paving. 

Centre street, No. 74. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measui'ement of paving. 

Centre street, Nos. 90, 92, 94, Line and grade for edgestone 
and measurement of paving. 

Centre street. No. 98. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measmement of paving. 

Centre street, Nos. 102-104. Line and grade for edgestone 
and measurement of paving. 

Centre street, between Centre avenue and Carlisle street. 
Line and grade for construction and measurement of gutter 
paving. 

Charles street, at Greenbier street. Edgestone tested. 

Devon street, northeasterly corner Blue Hill avenue. Line 
and grade for edgestone. 

Dewey street, southerly side, at Howard avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade tested and measurement 
of artificial stone. 

Dewey street. No. 33. Edgestone tested and measurement of 
artificial stone. 

Dorchester avenue. No. 750. Edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone. 

Dorchester avenue. No. 835. Edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone. 

Dorchester avenue, corner of Park street. Edgestone tested 
and measurement of artificial stone. 

Dudley street, Nos. 772-774. Edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone. 

Duncan street. No. 51. Line and grade for edgestone. 

East Cottage street, Nos. 272, 274, 276. Line and grade for 
edgestone and measurement of paving. 



50 City Document No. 12. 

East Cottage street, northerly side, near Dorchester avenue. 
Line and grade for edgestone and measurement of paving. 

Edson street, southwesterly corner of Norfolk street. Line 
and grade for edgestone, line and grade tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone, edgestone and gutter paving. 

Edson street, Nos. 5-11. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of paving. 

Edson street, Nos. 36-58. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of paving. 

Elmo street, between Blue Hill avenue and Erie street. Line 
and grade for edgestone and measurement of paving. 

Faulkner street. No. 27. Edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone. 

Geneva avenue, at Bloomfield street. Edgestone tested. 

Hancock street, Nos. 173-175. Line and grade for edgestone 
and measurement of paving. 

Hartford street, Nos. 34, 36, 38. Edgestone tested and 
measurement of artificial stone. 

Hartford street, at corner of Chamblet street. Edgestone 
tested and measurement of artificial stone. 

Harvard street, at Gawain street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

King street, southerly side, near Train street. Line and grade 
for edgestone, line and grade tested and edgestone, artificial 
stone and gutter paving measured. 

Locust street, between Dorchester avenue and Buttonwood 
street. Line and grade for edgestone. 

riagnolia street, No, 89. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Magnolia street, Nos. 104-106. Line and grade for edgestone 
and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

riarshfield street. No. 3. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

flarshfield street. No. 5. Edgestone tested and measurement 
of sidewalk paving. 

flarshfield street, Nos. 30 to 34. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

McLellan street. No. 63. Edgestone tested and measurement 
of artificial stone. 

ricLellan street, No. 103. Edgestone tested and measurement 
of artificial stone. 

Melville avenue, Nos. 101-103. Line and grade for edgestone, 
edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, artificial 
stone, gutter and sidewalk pa dug. 

Milton avenue, corner of Norfolk street. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Hilton avenue. No. 15. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Mt. Vernon street, measurement of gutter paving. 

Nightingale street, measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Norfolk street, corner of Milton avenue. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Norfolk street, corner of Edson street. Line and grade for 
edgestone, and edgestone, artificial stone and gutter paving 
measured. 



Engineering Department. 51 

Park street, corner of Kilton street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, edgestone tested and measurement of artificial stone. 

Park street, corner Dorchester avenue. Measurement artificial 
stone. 

Park street, from Geneva avenue to Shawmut Branch Railroad. 
Measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

Pleasant street, from East Cottage street to Victoria street. 
Levels for profile to fix grade of sidewalk. 

Pleasant street, at corner Willis street. Line and grade for 
sidewalk. 

Pleasant street, corner Mayfield street. Edgestone tested. 

Pleasant street, Nos. 24 to 30. Line and grade for artificial 
stone and measurement of artificial stone. 

Pleasant street. No. 66. Edgestone tested and measm-ement 
of artificial stone. 

Pleasant street, Nos. 90 to 100. Line and grade for sidewalk 
and measurement of artificial stone. 

Quincy street. No. 152. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Quincy street, corner Columbia road. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Richfield street. No. 60. Edgestone tested and measurement 
of artificial stone. 

Rosedale street. No. 38. Line and grade for edgestone, edge- 
stone tested and measurement of artificial stone. 

Stanwood street, at Normandy street. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Stanwood street, Nos. 8 to 22. Edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone. 

Stanwood street, Nos. 40 to 44. Edgestone tested and meas- 
urement of artificial stone. 

Stanwood street. No. 120. Line and grade for edgestone, 
edgestone tested and measurement of edgestone, artificial 
stone and gutter paving. 

Savin Hill avenue, Nos. 153 to 159. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

Stoughton street, opposite the cemetery. Measurement of 
gutter paving. 

Stoughton street, at Sumner street. Measurement of gutter 
paving. 

Talbot avenue. No. 447. Measurement of artificial stone. 

Virginia street, edgestone tested and measurement of artificial 
stone. 

Wolcott street. No. 16. Edgestone tested and measurement 
artificial stone. 

Waldeck street, opposite Tremlett street. Line for edgestone. 

Wales street. No. 25. Edgestone tested and measurement arti- 
ficial stone. 

Wales street. No. 37. Edgestone tested and measurement of 
artificial stone. 

Walk Hill street, from Blue Hill avenue to Norfolk street. 
Levels for profile for grade, and line and grade for construc- 
tion. 



52 City Document No. 12. 

Washington street, at school street. Edgestone tested and 
measurement artificial stone. 

Washington street, at New England Railroad. Edgestone 
tested and measurement artificial stone. 

Washington street, No. 394. Edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of artificial stone. 

Westville street, Nos. 104-106. Edgestone tested and meas- 
urement artificial stone. 

Westville street, No. 27. Measurement of gutter paving. 

Westville street, No, 72. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Winter street, at East street. Line and grade for edgestone. 

West Roxbury. 

Adelaide street, westerly corner Boylston street. Line and 

grade for edgestone, measurement of edgestone and gutter 

paving, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and 

measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 
Ashland street, at Charles Sumner School. Measurement of 

edgestone and gutter paving. 
Boylston street, Nos. 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30. Line and 

grade for edgestone, measurement of edgestone and gutter 

paving, artificial stone sidewalk tested for Hue and grade 

and measurement artificial stone sidewalk. 
Boylston street, Nos. 16 and 19. Line and grade for edgestone 

and measurement edgestone and gutter paving. 
Boylston avenue, at Stony brook. Profile for grade and 

grade for bridge construction. 
Boynton street, Nos. 20 and 22. Line and grade for edgestone, 

measurement of edgestone and gutter paving, artificial stone 

sidewalk tested for line and grade and measui-ement artificial 

stone sidewaUi:. 
Brewer street, Nos. 6 to 9. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Brookfield street, Nos. 9 to 11. Line and grade of edgestone 

tested, artificial stone sidewalk tested for line and grade and 

measurement artificial stone sidewalk. 
Burroughs street, at Centre street. Measurement concrete 

sidewalk paving. 
Burroughs street, Nos. 24 and 49. Measurement sidewalk 

paving. 
Carolina avenue, northwesterly corner Call street. Line and 

grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone and gutter 
paving. 
Centre street, Nos. 657 to 689. Measurement sidewalk paving. 
Centre street, No. 769 to EHot street. Measurement sidewalk 

pa^'ing. 
Centre street, Corey street to Mt. Vernon street. Measurement 

of sidewalk paving for assessment. 
Chestnut avenue, from Chestnut place to Green street. Meas- 
urement gutter paving. 
Cornell street, from Poplar street, 1,000 feet west. Line and 

grade for construction. 



Engineering Department. 53 

Cranston street, from No. 33, east and north to Sheridan 
street. Line and grade for edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone and gutter paving. 

Eliot street, No. 4. Measurement sidewalls: paving. 

Elm street, measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk 
paving. 

Everett street, measurement sidewalk paving. 

Forest Hills street, at Montebello road. Line and grade for 
artificial stone sidewalk. 

Gould street, near Hamilton street. Line and grade for 
filling. 

Holbrook street, measurement sidewalk paving. 

Hyde Park avenue, northeasterly corner Tower street. Line 
and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Jess street, measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

Keyes street. No. 14. Line and grade for edgestone, measure- 
ment of edgestone and gutter paving and artificial stone side- 
walk tested and measured. 

Kittredge street, Nos. 5 to 57. Measurement gutter paving. 

Lamartine street, Nos. 192-194. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, measurement of edgestone and gutter paving and 
artificial stone sidewalk tested and measured. 

flyrtle street, Nos. 17 to 23. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Paul Gore street, No. 53. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Perkins street, between Zamora street and Catalpa street. 
Measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

Pond street, between Centre street and Jamaicaway. Meas- 
urement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Poplar street, Nos. 9 to 37. Line and grade for edgestone and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Porter street, measurement of edgestone, gutter and crosswalk 
paving. 

Sheridan street, measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

South street, junction of Centre street. Measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

St. Rose street. Line and grade for construction. 

Washington street, northeast corner of School street. Artifi- 
cial stone sidewalk tested and measured. 

Washington street, No. 3144. Line and grade for edgestone 
and measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

Williams street, from Washington street to N. Y., N, H. & H. 
R.R. Line and grade for filling. 

Wyman street, Nos. 28 to 34. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 



54 City Document No. 12. 



Brighton. 

Brighton avenue, from Chester street to Linden street. Line 

and grade for construction and measurement of edgestone, 

gutter and sidewalk paving. 
Chestnut Hill avenue, at Chiswick road. Line and grade for 

sidewalk. 
Commonwealth avenue, opposite Gorham street. Line and 

grade for artificial stone sidewalk. 
Commonwealth avenue, between Naples road and Brighton 

avenue. Line and grade for construction. 
Dustin street, from Cambridge street to Cypress road. Line 

and grade for construction and measurement of gutter 

paving. 
Etna street, from North Beacon street to Spring street. Line 

and grade for filHng. 
Franklin street, from Lincoln street to Fern street. Line and 

grade for construction and measurement of edgestone, gutter 

and sidewalk paving. 
Franklin street, from B. & A. R.R. to Lincoln street. 

Measurement of gutter paving. 
Franklin street, Nos. 28-30. Measurement of edgestone, 

gutter and sidewalk paving. 
Gardner street. No. 14. Line and grade for edgestone and 

measurement of edgestone, gutter and artificial stone 

sidewalk. 
Gardner street, from Chester street to No. 76. Line and 

grade for artificial stone sidewalk, line and grade tested and 

measurement artificial stone sidewalk. 
Henshaw street, Nos. 23-25. Line and grade for edgestone, 

measurement of edgestone, gutter and artificial stone side- 
walk and line and grade tested. 
rienlo street, Nos. 3 to 11 and 6 to 10. Line and grade of 

edgestone tested, measurement of artificial stone sidewalk 

and line and grade tested. 
Sutherland road, from Beacon street to Orkney road. Line 

and grade for cutting. 
Washington street, at Newton line. Line and grade for arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk, Une and grade tested and sidewalk 

measured. 



Engineeking Department. 



55 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 1899. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



C 

D 

E 

F 

ItolS' 



Plans of estates (lithographed) . 



in Brighton 

in West Roxbury. 



widenings, etc. 



School-houses and miscellaneous plans 

Plans from actual survey in City Proper 

Profiles of City Proper and Boston Harbor, and ancient 
plans 



Plans and profiles of streets in East Boston, 1849. 



'South Boston, 1848. 



at South End , 



in Church and Suffolk street 
Districts 



" " " " various streets. 
Miscellaneous plans, estates, etc 



Official plans from 1851 to 1854. 
Plans of estates 



Hale's plans of the streets in Boston, 1819 . 
Plans of estates 



Ancient plans of estates in South Boston, etc.. 
Sectional plans of city lands at South End . . . , 

Plans of estates in Roxbury , 

Carried forward 



112 
131 
108 
256 
118 
53 
176 

494 
46 

24 

77 



^ Vol. 8 is a set of Architects' plans, and has been transferred to the Public Buildings 
Department. 



56 



City Document No. 12. 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1899. — Continued. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



Vol. 45 

" 46 

" 47 

" 48 

" 49 

" 50 

" 51 , 

" 52 , 

" 53 , 

" 54 . 

" 55 . 

" 56 . 

" 57 , 

" 58 . 



70 

71 to 82. 



Brought forward 

Plans of estates in Roxbury 



widenings in Roxbury 

" etc., in Roxbury. 



Third Parish and Grammar School lands in Roxbury. 

Plans of widenings in Roxbury 

" " city lands and widenings In Roxbury 

Profiles of streets in Roxbury 



Plans of widenings in Brighton 
" estates in Brighton 



city property, etc., in Brighton, 
widenings in West Roxbury 



Profiles of streets 

Plans of city property, etc., in West Roxbury 
estates, etc., in West Roxbury 



Brighton. 



Charlestown plans, in bound volumes, showing street- 
widenings and estates 

Charlestown street surveys 

Miscellaneous plans 

Plans of estates in Roxbury 



Carried forward. 



Engesteeeing Department. 



57 



PLANS 

m SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1899. — Continued. 



Indexed. 


General Head under which Classified. 


Number 

of 
Plans. 






8,208 


Vol 89 


Plans of estates etc 


140 






10 




25 


" 9*) 




31 




„ 


28 


" 94 


.. 


27 






65 






61 


" 97 


„ 


63 






99 


" 99 


n " " '< in Dorchester 


521 


" 100 


Sectional Plans, City Proper, pipe locations 

" " South Boston, west of G street 

' east " •< " 

" " East " southeast of Bremen St., 
" " " " northwest" " " 


12 


" 101 


24 


«< 102 


19 




27 


" 104 

" 105 


27 
7 


" 106 


Tracings of plans and profiles 


1-25 






152 


" 108 


<• « << « « 


187 




» 


215 


" 110 





267 


<< 111 


Assessor's Plans, 1, Roxbury and West Roxbuiy 

" " 2 Dorchester and Brighton 


59 


" 112 


24 






81 


" 114 


Assessor's Plans, 4, South Bay, Harbor and Charles- 






4S 






72 






129 


" 117 


<< << 6B " " 


137 






127 


" 119 




149 


" 1''0 


" «' 8B " 


139 


„ 121 




149 


Carried forward 


11,405 



58 



City Document No. 12. 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1899. — Continued. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



124. 
125. 



129. 



In Drawer A 

Cases CC... 
Drawer E . . 
F .. 

G .. 
H .. 
L .. 

M.. 

N .. 

CaseT 

In Drawers . . . 
Vol. I.toLXV 



Brought forward 

Assessor's Plans, 9B, Dorchester 

" " lOA, "West Roxbury 

" lOB, " " 

" " n A, Brighton 

Hale's Street Maps of Boston, Whitmore Reproduction, 

Sectional Plans, City Proper, Boston Gas Light Co 

Public Lands belonging to Town of Dorchester 

Copies of plans filed with Town of Dorchester previous 
to annexation 



Maps of Boston, etc 

Miscellananeous rolled plans 

Plans from surveys in City Proper 

Plans and profiles from surveys in City Proper and 
Roxbury 



South Boston plans and profiles 

East Boston plans and profiles 

Official plans, profiles, etc 

Copies of plans by other surveyors 

Plans of city lands 

Miscellaneous rolled tracings 

Tracings of plans and profiles 

Copies of official plans indexed in Vol. 31 and Drawer L, 
Maps, etc., in bound volumes 



Miscellaneous plans of the Back Bay Commission in 
portfolio 

Hanging plans 

Plans in prog; 



•ess. City Proper . . . 
South Boston . . 
East Boston... 

Roxbury 

Dorchester — 
West Roxbury 

Brighton 

Charlestown . . . 

Roxbury sectional plans 

Carried forward 



Engineering Department. 



59 



PLANS 

m SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1899. — Concluded. 



Indexed. 


General Head under which Classified. 


Number 

of 
Plans. 










West Roxbury sectional plans . 


381 




Sectional plans filed under Board of Survey Act 




Plans filed by the Boston Transit Commission 


14 












2,476 




Sectional ' 




Miscellaneous plots and plans of Dorchester 


530 




Blue prints of official and progress plans 


615 




Blue prints change of Location and Grade, N. Y., N. H. 
& H. R.R., at South End 






Blue prints, change of Grade, Providence Division, Old 
Colony R.R 


48 




Blue prints, change of Grade, West Roxbury Branch. . . 


16 




Plans of proposed streets submitted by owners and 
approved by the Board of Street Commissioners : 






City Proper 


1 




East Boston 


12 




South Boston 


4 










Dorchester 


181 




Charlestown 


1 




West Roxbury 


99 




Brighton 


44 




Plans of proposed streets submitted by owners for the 
approval of the Board of Street Commissioners now 
under consideration : 






Roxbury ....'. 


23 










West Roxbury . . 


















28,754 



60 City Document No. 12. 

There are also 4,536 lithographed plans in the ojBfice at 
Old Court House not included in the foregoing list, viz. : 

Lithographed maps of Dorchester, made in 1869 . 
" " " " " 1880 . 

" " " West Roxbury, made in 1873 

" " " Brighton, made in 1873 

" " " Fort Hill, made in 1866-69 . 

" " " Church-st. district, made in 1868 

" " " Washington-st. widening (parts 1, 2, 3) 

made in 1860 

" " " Washington-st. extension, made in 1869 

" " " North street, made in 1859 . 

" " " Stony brook, drainage area 

" " " Boston, made in 1866-67 

" " " Boston, made in 1888 .... 

" " " Suffollj-st. district, made in 1869 

" •' " South Boston, made in 1880 

" " " Roxbury, made in 1880 

" " " Burnt district 

" " " Mt. Hope Cemetery .... 

" " " Winthrop Farm 

" " " Hanover avenue 

" " " Muddy river 

" " " Pemberton square, Court-House site . 

" " " East Newton street, lots on, sold by auc- 

tion, made in 1888 . 
" " " Public lands in South Boston, sold by auo 

tion, made in 1885 . 
" n it Public lands in South Boston, sold by auc- 

tion, made in 1888 .... 
" " " Boylston street, old Public Library lot 

" u n Public lands in South Boston, sold by auc 

tion, made in 1882 .... 
" " " Boston Directory map, made in 1886 . 

" " " Boston, scale 1,600 feet to an inch, made 

in 1890 . . . . 
" " " Boston, scale 800 feet to an inch, made ii 

1891, colored plans .... 
" " " Boston proper, scale 500 feet to an inch 

made in 1894 

" " " Exhibit No. 1, City Surveyor's Report 

1893 

" II II Exhibit No. 2, City Surveyor's Report. 

1893 

" " " Exhibit No. 3, City Surveyor's Report. 

1893 

" " " High street, public lands sold by auction 

" " " Beacon Hill, State House site 

" " " Harrison avenue. Savage School-house lot, 

auction plan 
" u n Boston proper, showing changes in street 

and wharf lines from 1795 to 1895 

4,536 



ENGmEERING DEPARTMENT. 61 



ARCHITECT DIVISION. 



The duties of this division are to furnish to the different 
departments, upon application, information on all matters 
pertaining to the construction, alteration, or equipment of 
buildings, and to prepare plans and specifications and 
superintend the construction of the work. 

It also prepares the working plans and specifications for 
work performed by the Repairs Division of the Public 
Buildings Department, and has general superintendence of the 
same. 

The charge against other departments has in no case ex- 
ceeded 2i per cent, of the cost of the work, whereas the 
regular architectural commission for much of the work 
handled by this division, it being alteration work, would be 
at least 10 per cent, and in no case less than 5 per cent. 

The services of the division for other departments has been 
in greater request during the past year than in either of the 
preceding years of the existence of this division. 

The total cost of the division for the year has been 
$11,913.16, which is properly distributed as follows : 

For approval of plans, specifications, contracts, 

etc., and changes in same .... $2,500 00 
For reports, sketches, and other consultation work . 4,500 00 

For plans, specifications and superintendence of 

work actually constructed .... 4,913 16 



Total $11,913 16 

Amount charged off against other departments . 2,825 96 



Net cost to Engineering Department . . . $9,087 20 

The following is a synopsis of the work performed by the 
division for the year ending January 31, 1899 : . 

Plans and contracts have been approved by the Consulting 
Architect for the following buildings : 

School Committee. 

West Roxbury High School. 
East Boston High School. 



62 City Document No. 12. 

Dorchester High School. 

South Boston High School. 

Primary School, Baker street. 

Primary School, Munroe street. 

Primary School, Forest Hills. 

Primary School, T. N. Hart District. 

Primary School, Webster avenue. 

Grammar School, Perth and Quincy streets. 

Temporary Schools, Frothingham and Noble Districts. 

Temporary School, Morton District. 

Mechanic Arts High School, addition to. 

Bowditch School, addition to. 

Charles Sumner School, alterations in. 

Fire Department. 

Engine-house, West Roxbury. 
Engine-house, Haymarket square. 
Engine-house, Grove Hall. 

Park Department. 

Boston Yacht Club House. 
South Boston Yacht Club House. 
Puritan Canoe Club House. 
Mosquito Fleet Yacht Club House. 
Columbia Yacht Club House. 

Miscellaneous. 

Boston Elevated Railway Stations. 
Boston Public Library, alterations in. 
Chapel and Gate Lodge, Mt. Hope Cemetery. 
Voting-booths, Election Commissioners. 

Reports have been made on the following matters : 

On amount of damage sustained by the city of Boston in 

consequence of the settlement under boilers at Parental 

School, West Roxbury. 
On specifications. West Roxbury High School. 
On location of boilers. Parental School, West Roxbury. 
On condition of hot-water heating apparatus, Marcella- 

street Home. 
On estimated cost of proposed alteration of Massachusetts 

Historical Society building, Tremont street. 
On condition of heating and ventilating apparatus. Long 

Island Institutions buildings, Boston Harbor. 



Engineering Departisient. 63 

On the advisability of the erection of temporary school- 
houses. 
On height of buildings, Copley square. 
On extension of boiler-house, Boston City Hospital. 
On ventilation of Mayor's office, Room 19, and Assessors' 

office. 
On boiler facilities, Rainsford Island Institutions buildings, 

Boston Harbor. 
On removal of pergola on building, Franklin park. 
On height of Westminster Chambers building, Copley 

square. 
On erection of temporary school-house. Parental School, West 

Roxbury. 
On condition of heating apparatus and fire escapes at Charles- 
town almshouse. 
On heating and ventilating apparatus, Rainsford Island 

Institutions buildings, Boston Harbor. 
On condition of heating apparatus No. 64 Pemberton square, 

Boston. 
On condition of heating apparatus, Old Public Library 

building. 
On award of contract for heating Primary School, T. N. 

Hart District. 
On the adaptability of furnace heat for school buildings. 
On laundry machinery for Boston City Hospital. 
On proposed alteration, second floor. City Hall. 
On dispute between Park Department and Repairs Division 

relative to charges for work performed. 
On condition of tenement houses throughout the city. 
On condition of plumbing system, Long Island Institutions. 
On heating and ventilating apparatus for proposed alteration 

of Massachusetts Historical Society Building, Tremont 

street. 
On proposed new power plant. Long Island Institutions. 
On proposed extension Charles-street Jail. 
On proposed Chapel and Gate Lodge, Mount Hope Cemetery. 
On heating and ventilating plans. East Boston High School. 
On condition of Engine-house No. 22, Dartmouth street. 

Sketch plans have been made and submitted on the follow- 
ing architectural problems : 

For the utilization of Old Coui-t House as a part of City 
Hall. 

For temporary school building, PareDtal School, West Rox- 
bury. 



64 City Document No. 12. 

For temporary school building, Rainsford Island, Boston 

Harbor. 
For swimming pool, Frog pond, Boston Common. 
For alteration of stable, Boston City Hospital. 
For proposed alteration of front of Old Court House. 
For proposed alteration of old Franklin School-liouse. 
For erection of new building, old Franklin School-bouse site. 
For gymnasium buildmg, Charlestown Heights. 
For bath-house, Ward 18, Cabot street. 
For Public Convenience Station, Boston Common. 
For new building, Repairs Division, Harrison avenue. 
For gymnasium building, Prince street. 
For gymnasium building, East Ninth street. Ward 15. 
For floats, rafts, etc., etc., for Bath Commission. 
For female prison, Charles-street Jail. 
For drinking fountains. Water Department. 
For laundry building, Rainsford Island, Boston Harbor. 
For dormitory buildings. Parental School, West Roxbury. 
For fire escapes, Charlestown almshouse. 
For railing. Cottage Farm bridge. 
For portable seats, Boston Common. 
For alteration of band stand, Boston Common. 
For alteration of Engine-house No. 37. 
For alteration of Chemical House No. 11, North Grove 

street. 
For bath-house. Spring street, West Roxbury. 
For womens' building, and swimming pool. South Boston 

Gymnasium. 
For alteration of old Public Library Building. 
For conservatory, Boston Common. 
For branch library. East Boston. 
For gymnasium building. East Boston. 
For pavilion, Long Island, Boston Harbor. 
For double floating bath-house, Bath Commission. 

Tracings have been made for different departments ; refer- 
ence board designed for Municipal Lecture Committee : 
bird's eye perspective drawing made showing entire City 
Hospital plant ; plans made for the Election Commissioners 
of all ward-rooms in the city; and counters, cupboards, 
lockers, etc., designed for the different departments. 

The following is a statement of the work, together with 
the cost of the same, actually performed and superintended 
by this division: 



Engineering Department. 65 

Bath Commission : 

Soutli Boston Gymnasium . . $16,477 08 

Floating bath-bouse, Charles river, 3,500 00 
Miscellaneous floats, rafts, houses, 

lockers, runs, etc., etc. . . 34,493 82 



Election Commission : 

Ward 3, ward-room, alteration 

of $1,933 17 

Miscellaneous, new booths, putting 

up rails, etc 12,291 89 



Fire Department : 

Alterations, Engine-house No. 21 . $6,572 35 
Alteration, Ladder-house No. 12 . 1,884 89 



Hospital Department : 

Extension of boiler-house . . $30,598 84 

Laundry building, plumbing, heat- 
ing, engine, engine foundation, 
machinery .... 11,985 97 

Vose House, temporary supply and 

heating 6,142 00 

Changing mains, hospital proper, 

together with pipe covering . 3,206 73 

Changing mains. South Depart- 
ment 1,243 72 

Voting booths, alteration of, for 

use of soldiers .... 1,243 10 



$54,470 90 



14,225 06 



Engineering Department : 

Faneuil Hall Building, restoration of . . 72,997 00 



8,457 24 



54,420 36 

Park Department : 

Wood Island bath-house, alterations . . . 6,336 43 

Penal Institutions Department : 

Alterations in heating system, Deer Island . 614 06 

Public Buildings Department : 

Alteration of Armory building for 

use as shop . . . . $22,595 70 

Boiler, foundation for engine and 

partitions for above . . . 1,931 18 

Electrical Construction Division, 

office 2,219 90 



Carried forward . . . $26,746 78 $211,521 05 



66 City Document No. 12. 

Brought forward . . . $26,746 78 $211,521 05 

Heating, etc., Armory building . 2,623 27 

Alterations, Mayor's office . . 1,447 28 

Alterations, City Clerk's office . 5,637 92 
Alteration, Clerk of Committees 

room 852 92 



Trustees for Paupers : 

Plumbing alterations. Long Island, $989 70 

Heating alterations, Charlestown 

almshouse 1,794 08 



37,308 17 



Street Department : 

Sewer Division, alterations in office and building 

coal trestle and pump room, Moon Island . 5,708 35 

Trustees for Children : 

Resetting boilers. Parental School . $3,040 56 

Rainsford Island Institutions, tem- 
porary school, new toilet building, 
new boiler, alterations in heating 
system ..... 15,545 16 

Marcella-street Home, alterations, 732 00 



19,317 72 



2,783 78 



Water Department : 

Ice-houses, East Boston and Brookline . . 7,500 00 

Miscellaneous : 

Alterations office, Tremont building, $544 29 
Old PubUc Library building, altera- 
tions in heating, etc . . . 737 02 
Court House, alterations prisoners' 

room 3,202 04 

4,483 35 



Grand total $288,622 42 



Engineering Department. 67 



[FROM THE CITY ENGINEER'S REPORT TO THE 
WATER DEPARTMENT.] 



On January 1, 1898, the Metropolitan Water Board, 
under the provisions of chapter 488 of the Acts of 1895, 
made takings of the entire Boston Water Works system 
westward of Chestnut Hill Reservoir; of Chestnut Hill 
Reservoir and that part of the adjoining lands included 
within the road encircling the reservoir; of Chestnut Hill 
Pumping Station and a portion of the land easterly of the 
Pumping Station ; of the Mystic system west of and in- 
cluding the Mystic Reservoir on College Hill, Medford, and 
a portion of the mains of the Mystic System. On the same 
date water from the Metropolitan System was supplied to 
the City of Boston, and Mystic Lake as a source of water 
supply was abandoned. On April 21, 1898, the Metropoli- 
tan High Service was supplied to East Boston, and the local 
pumping station was abandoned. On February 1, 1899, the 
Metropolitan Water Board began the operation of the pump- 
ing station, supplying the double high service in West 
Roxbury. 

Distribution. 

During the past year 33.6 miles of water pipes were laid 
and 9.1 miles were abandoned, making a total of 689.2 miles ; 
this total length includes mains belonging to the city of 
Boston only, and does not include the systems of Chelsea, 
Somerville and Everett, and that portion of the Boston 
system acquired by the Metropolitan Water Board, all of 
which were formerly included in the reports of the City En- 
gineer under the heads of Cochituate and Mystic Divisions. 

The changed conditions occasioned by the Metropolitan 
supply caused some anxiety in regard to the safety during 
the winter season of the large mains supplying Charlestown 
and of those over Warren bridge ; where formerly a well 
defined current had existed it was thought that the present 
slow movement of water in the pipes might be insufficient 
to prevent freezing, and some of the lines were shut off and 
emptied during the cold weather. Daily determinations 
were made of the temperature of the water in all mains 



68 City Document No. 12. 

where danger was supposed to exist and thermophoiie read- 
ings were taken in the bottoms of siphons on lines that had 
been emptied. These readings were plotted daily and af- 
forded opportunity for careful study of the existing condi- 
tions. When the readings became dangerously low, means 
were taken to increase the circulation in the pipe in danger. 

The year has been an active one, as the record of pipe laid 
shows ; for all work done plans have been made and lines 
and grades have been furnished where necessary. 

The Dorchester high service line was completed to Wash- 
ington street, via Geneva avenue and Bowdoin street, at 
Columbia road, the size being reduced to 30 inches ; connec- 
tions were made with 24-inch and 16-inch lines in Columbia 
road, with a 12-inch line in Bowdoin street and with a 
12-inch line in Washington street. The 36-inch pipe in 
Geneva avenue from Grove Hall to Columbia road was laid 
under contract by H. P. Nawn. 

The 24-inch high service in West Roxbury was extended 
from Forest Hills through South street to the Arnold Ar- 
boretum, and thence through Weld street to South street, 
connecting with the 8-inch line in Weld street and the 
16-inch in Roberts street; sufficient increase of pressure re- 
sulted from this extension to allow the Skinner Hill district 
to be taken off the supplementary high service. 

A large amount of work was done in Columbia road ; new 
service mains were laid on each side of the road for practi- 
cally the entire distance from Blue Hill avenue to Edward 
Everett square ; a 24-inch high service main was laid (with 
the exception of a gap at the New York, New Haven & 
Hartford Railroad) from Geneva avenue easterly ; at Quincy 
street it reduces to 20-inch and so continues to Upham's 
Corner. A large portion of the 20-inch and 16-inch mains 
were relaid from Upham's Corner to Edward Everett square. 

In Roberts street a 16-inch main was laid, designed for 
future extension easterly to Dorchester. 

In South Boston the 20-inch low service main was carried 
to City Point by way of Dorchester and Third streets, giving 
an abundant supply of water for fire purposes in a district 
where the protection hud been inadequate. Connections were 
made with the pipes in Dorchester, L, P and Q streets. 

The water supply at Thompson's, Long, Rainsford's and 
Gallop's Islands and at Fort Warren has been unsatisfactory 
for several years ; this fact, added to the possibility of the 
batteries on Long Island and Fort Warren being called upon 
for service against a Spanish fleet, called for prompt action, 
and a 16-inch pipe was laid in Ashmont street and Neponset 



Engineering Departjnient. 69 

avenue to the Neponset river, replacing a 12-inch pipe, 
and a 12-inch was laid from the river to Moon Island in 
addition to the 6-inch in service. A connection was also 
made with the Quincy system on Hancock street for use 
in an emergency. 

The most important piece of relaying was on Harrison 
avenue, where the old 6-inch pipe was replaced with a 12-inch 
from West Newton street to Massachusetts avenue and with 
a 16-inch from Massachusetts avenue to Vernon street. 

In all 8.0 miles of old and small pipe have been relaid. 

It is the practice of the Street Department to notify the 
different departments of the city of its intention to build or 
rebuild streets; in all cases the pipes, hydrants, etc., upon 
such streets were adjusted. This practice caused a large 
amount of work, particularly in the city proper. 

During the year an effort has been made to abolish " dead 
ends " with a resulting improvement both in the domestic and 
fire service. One hundred and fifty Boston hydrants have 
been taken out. In this connection I would urgently recom- 
mend the adoption of an mdependeut valve post hydrant 
with two large steamer outlets running parallel with the line 
of the street. Such a hydrant would prove much better 
adapted to the needs of the Fire Department than the type 
of post hydrant in service. , 

The Coerosion of Pipes by Electrolysis. 

There has been no marked change in electrical conditions 
in the water pipes during the past year. Serious damage from 
electrolysis is undoubtedly a possibility, and safety can be 
hoped for only through systematic and continued investiga- 
tion. The protective measures employed in the past have 
in a measure proved effectual ; yet it is very possible that 
more radical steps must be taken in the near futui'e to guard 
against disaster. The subject has been carefully studied 
during the year by Messrs. Stone & Webster, by whom many 
observations were made throughout the city. The following 
is their report : 

Stone & Webster, Electrical Experts and Engineers, 

4 Post Office Square, Boston, February 1, 1899. 

Willi AIM Jackson, Esq., 

City Engineer, Boston, Mass. : 

Dear Sir, — At your request we have made during 1898, 
as in previous years, electrical surveys in all parts of the city 
of Boston covered by the electric car tracks, in order to deter- 
mine the progress of electrolytic corrosion of water pipes. 



70 City Document No. 12. 

Heretofore we have relied upon readings taken between 
the water pipes (at fire hydrants) and the ground as the 
most accurate index to the locality of trouble. In 1897 we 
also took readings between hydrants and rails, but used only 
the hydrant-to-ground readings in comparing the conditions 
of 1897 with those of 1896. In 1898, however, we confined 
ourselves almost entirely to readings between hydrants and 
rails, as we believe them more reliable for studying the situ- 
ation as a whole. For particular localities, as in the neigh- 
borhood of Freeport street power station, we took ground 
readings also. 

In other cities we have obtained hydrant-to-rail measure- 
ments in investigations made during the year, and find the 
only objection to the method is that the size of the single 
reading is not always a criterion of the amount flowing be- 
tween the points at which the measurement is made. Very 
reliable data can, however, be obtained if hydrant-to-rail 
measurements are made in connection with other readings in 
the same locality, taken under various conditions. The 
objection to the hydrant-to-ground system, formerly used, is 
that the readings vary with the condition of the soil and are 
therefore not as trustworthy for general comparison, as 
hydrant-to-rail readings. 

In diagram I. we give the ^maximum value of readings 
taken between hydrants and rails. On this diagram we have 
divided the city into convenient sections, shown by the red 
lines. The figures in red give the average voltage through- 
out the various sections for 1897 and 1898. The plus read- 
ings (indicated by + sign) show that the current flows from 
pipes to rails, the minus readings (indicated by O) show the 
reverse. As might be expected, many of the readings are 
fluctuating, and are so indicated on the diagram by a cross 
within a circle. Where no number accompanies a cross or a 
circle the reading was less than one-quarter (^) of a volt. 
We have recorded on the diagram readings of one-quarter (i) 
of a volt and up to three-quarters (I) as if they were one- 
half (i) volt, and readings of three-quarters (I) up to one 
and one-quarter (li) as if they were one (1) volt; and so 
with still higher readings ; that is, we have recorded the 
nearest even half (i) volt, our purpose being to simplify the 
figures and make it easy to compare them, extreme accuracy 
being neither essential nor possible in an investigation of 
this kind. We have not given the readings where they were 
sometimes positive and sometimes negative. Readings were 
taken between pipes and ground in the neighborhood of the 
Dorchester power station {i.e., on Freeport and Park 




DIAGRAM r 

ELECTRICAL SURVEY OF CITY Of BOSTON 

STONt &WtB5TC.R 




CITY OF BOSTON 



Engineering Department. 71 

streets). These are not given on the diagram, but only the 
signs indicating the direction of the flow of the current. 

It will be seen that on the average the conditions for the 
past two years have been about the same, the difference 
being slightly in favor of 1897. The general averages are 
as follows : 

Av. positive readings, 1898 +1.4 Av. negative readings, 1898 — 1.4 
1897 +1.3 " '' " 1897 —1.2 

We wish to call attention to the positive readings along 
Dorchester and Neponset avenues, and also along Harrison 
avenue, and to the negative readings along Centre street, 
near the Roxbury boundary, as well as along Centre street 
in the West Roxbury and Roslindale loop, and also on 
Bunker Hill street in Charlestown. 

Large positive readings as shown at the former places 
indicate that much current is flowing off the pipes to the 
rails. This flow will be only increased by improving the rail- 
return system in a district where the readings are positive. 
The source of trouble will be found at some point more or 
less distant, where the track-return system is insufficient, so 
that the current leaves the tracks, seeking a path of less re- 
sistance by the pipes. Therefore, in a " positive " district 
the only direct remedy that can be applied is to make the 
piping system itself a better conductor so as to keep the cur- 
rent from leaving it and flowing through the earth to the 
rails. This remedy, however, should be considered as only 
a temporary expedient since it causes a large flow of current 
through the pipes, thus exposing them to an added danger 
of corrosion at the joints wherever the electrical connection 
is imperfect. It may, however, be resorted to m cases where 
the real source of trouble cannot be immediately located and 
where the continual passage of current from pipes to ground 
is causing deterioration. 

With this in mind we advised bonding the water main to 
the return feeder in the power station on Freeport street, 
and also to the underground return feeder near by on Park 
street. These connections were made November last. 
Before we can be certain that similar connections should be 
made on Harrison avenue or the Central Power Station dis- 
trict, the results of the bonding in the Dorchester district 
will have to be carefully studied. 

Large negative readings, as observed in some of the sec- 
tions above mentioned, indicate that considerable current is 
flowing on to the water pipes. In these sections better 



72 CiTi^ DocuiviENT No. 12. 

bonding, or a more effective return conductor of some sort, 
should be provided. 

On Diagram II. are shown the readings taken in the out- 
skirts of the city between hydrants of the Boston system 
and those of adjacent places. We spoke in our last report 
of the advisabilty of making a special study of this current 
flowing across the border of the city. We have found a 
greater tendency to flow off the Boston pipes in 1898 than 
in 1897. The detail results of the 1898 test are shown on 
Diagram II. We expect to give this matter more particular 
attention, and hope to be in a position to submit a more 
definite report with regard to it during the coming year. 

For the purpose of investigating the general efficiency of 
the rail-bonding we took several readings along sections 
of track from 1,000 to 1,800 feet in length, and the figures 
given on the diagram show the fall of potential per 100 feet 
as computed from the data obtained. There was no indica- 
tion of very defective rail-bonding thus revealed, but the 
readings will be of use in giving a standard for comparison 
on other occasions. The variations in the figures are largely 
due to varying numbers of cars in the different sections of 
the street railway system. 

We reported last year that the underground return-feeder 
system of the Dorchester District threatened to cause trouble 
in the service pipes before long, and our investigations since 
then tend to confirm this opinion. Our attention was called 
on March 21 of this year to a broken service on Park street, 
and examination shows that electrolysis is undoubtedly the 
cause of the break. A section of the pipe has been re- 
turned and is kept for exhibit. The readings between this 
pipe and the ground were as high as -^^ of a volt, which is 
unusual for a ground reading. 

In general, we think there is much likelihood that electro- 
lytic corrosion is going on in the two danger districts above 
mentioned and to a smaller degree in one or two other places 
where positive readings are shown. Another place in par- 
ticular to which we would call attention is on Hyde Park 
avenue between Walk Hill street and Forest Hills Station. 

Careful watch should be kept of all localities where trouble 
is indicated, lest the conditions change for the worse. Occa- 
sional bursting of pipes from single leaks is not to be feared 
so much as the continual wasting that may go on from cur- 
rent escaping over large sections. 

Yours very truly, 

(Signed) Stone & Webster. 



Engineering Department. 73 

Salt-Watee Fire System. 

A salt-water system for fire protection was established 
uuder a special appropriation granted to the Fire Department. 
It consists of a 12-inch pipe, extending from Central Wharf 
through Central and Exchange streets, Post-office square and 
Congress street to Congress -street bridge, a total distance of 
about one mile. At Central Wharf the line divides into two 
10-inch pipes, to each of which is attached a special casting, 
fitted with six 3i-inch outlets, with check-valves on each out- 
let. This design enables one or both fire-boats to connect 
with the pipe through lines of 3i-iuch hose, varying in length 
from fifteen to thirty feet. A similar boat connection will 
be established at Congress-street bridge. 

With the exception of a short exposed piece of pipe at 
each end of the line, the system is maintained full of water 
from a check-valve at Central Wharf to a similar valve at 
Congress-street bridge, pressure being maintained up to 
check-valves and to foot-valves of hydrants by means of a 
1-inch pipe connecting with a tank in the Post-office building, 
which is fed directly from the city mains. Check-valves in 
this connecting pipe close when fire pressure exceeds the 
ordinary domestic pressure. 

Six-inch relief valves are set on the main pipe to prevent 
the maximum pressure exceeding 200 pounds per square inch. 
In service, when the fii-st hose connection has been made 
between the fire-boat and the end of the pipe, the former can 
begin to pump slowly, expelling the air from the empty end 
near the boat through an air-cock provided for the purpose. 
When the requisite number of connections have been made, 
the air has been driven out, and the boat is ready to respond 
to a signal from a hydrant to "go ahead." Hydrants are es- 
tablished about 300 feet apart, each gated off from the main 
line. The hydrant used was the Bachelder (so called from 
the name of the inventor and patentee, E. J. Bachelder, mas- 
ter mechanic of the Boston Water Department). It is a post 
hydrant of unusually heavy design, with three 3-inch outlets, 
each controlled by an independent valve. The waste is posi- 
tive, and is operated by a wrench from the street surface. A 
hole is cored out in the side of the hydrant for an electric 
cable, terminating in a recess at the top, forming a signal-box, 
thus affording means of electrical connection in the hydrant 
itself, and avoiding the necessity of an independent post for 
that purpose. 

The pipe used was cast-iron, of the general Boston Water 
Works pattern, with the innovation of two lead scores in the 



74 City Document No. 12. 

bell. It was unusually heavy, being one inch thick, and 
weighing 1,704 pounds per length laying twelve feet. 

Owing to the fact that the system was to be kept full of 
salt water it was decided that the ordinary type of valves 
built of iron and composition were not suitable, as a destruc- 
tive galvanic action would result. The valves adopted were 
of composition throughout, with flanged ends, and were sep- 
arated from the adjoining cast-iron pipes by heavy rings of 
pure rubber. The precautions taken in the case of the hy- 
drants, which are empty when not in use, were to separate the 
composition valve-seat from the iron hydrant-pot by a lead 
joint, also to protect the end of the iron valve stem by a com- 
position cap, making a tight joint with the rubber foot> valve. 

An electrical duct, laid in the main pipe trench, carries a 
five-conductor cable with connections to each hydrant ; two 
of these conductors are utilized, forming part of the regular 
electrical system of the Fire Department. Each hydrant is 
equipped with a break key, whereby the code signals can be 
transmitted to the fire-boat; portable instruments, consisting 
of Morse key and sounder, can also be connected into circuit 
at all hydrants and boat stations ; thus, communication is 
possible at will between the hydrants, boat stations and cen- 
tral office. Two of these portable instruments are carried on 
each fire-boat, for use at the boat and at the hydrant in service. 

A trial made at a distance of one-half mile from the water 
front, with one boat in service, conclusively proved that the 
system is a valuable addition to the equipment of the Fire 
Department; with an unlimited water supply, and with a 
nominal pumping capacity of 6,000 gallons per minute when 
one fire-boat is in service, or double that amount when 
both boats are used, the system can be depended upon to fur- 
nish a number of streams equal in power to those from the 
largest " Steamers," and, when necessary, streams of unusual 
power are available, e.g.^ at the trial mentioned two streams, 
each of 1,500 gallons per minute, were played simultaneously 
through 2i-inch nozzles with a nozzle pressure of fifty 
pounds ; three lines of 3-inch hose, each 300 feet long, were 
siamezed in this test. 

All the work of establishing the salt-water system was done 
by the Water Department, with the exception of the electrical 
service, which was installed by the Fire Department. 



SALT WATER FIRE-PIPE TEST, NOVEMBER 13, 1898. 






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Line No. 4. 


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10.27.30 
10.28.00 
10.28.30 
10.29.00 
10.30.00 
10.31.00 
10.31.30 
10.32.00 
10.32.30 
10.33.30 
10.40.00 
10.41.30 
11.11.30 

11.13.00 
11.14.00 
11.15.00 
11.17. 00 






160 


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Pumps started at 10.27.30. 


10.28.30 
10.29.00 
10.30.00 
10.31.00 
10.31.30 
10.32.00 
10.32.30 

10.40.00 
10.41.30 
11.11.30 


0.30 
0.30 
1.00 
1.00 
0.30 

1.00 
6.30 
1.30 


44.3 

65.6 

57.7 


627 
663 
708 
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46.3 

51.8 

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660 
687 


50.3 
66.0 
67.0 


661 
680 
693 
































1,856 
1,979 
2,070 
2,108 


109.0 
126.0 
134.6 
138.6 


63.7 
76.0 
77.9 
79.8 


43.0 

62.0 
53.0 
































































































































Shut down. 


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49.5 
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60.0 


664 

712 
724 
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51.3 
66.3 
68.3 
69.6 
61.8 


700 
708 
721 


160 


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60.0 
64.6 
67.0 
67.6 
68.1 


648 
677 
693 

699 
































1,969 
2,052 
2,106 
2,128 
2,162 






























































































































































Shut down at 10.41.30. 
Changing hose lines and nozzles. 
Pumps started at 11.11.30. 








































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11.13.00 
11.14.00 
11.15.00 
11.17.00 
11.18.30 
11.19.30 
11.21.00 
11.36.30 


1.00 
1.00 
2.00 
1.30 

1.30 


75.6 
80.8 
93.6 
100.0 
102.2 


400 
429 
446 
459 
465 






70.7 

88.8 
94.8 
97.8 
105.2 
111.0 


387 
417 
434 
448 
465 
472 
485 


65.0 
85.2 
93.9 
101.3 
104.8 


371 
4'25 
446 
463 
471 
481 


72.6 
84.4 
93.0 
98.7 
101.3 


392 
423 

457 
463 




888 
424 
442 
457 
464 




388 
424 
442 
467 


2,326 
2,642 
2,663 
2,741 
2,782 


128.0 

147.7 
157.8 
167.0 

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51.5 

63.2 
52.8 
63.8 


17.2 
17.4 
17.7 
17.6 
17.9 










11.18.30 




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Changing nozzles. 






300 


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300 


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Pumps started at 11.36.30. 

Shut down at 11. 41.30. 
Changing nozzles. 
Pumps started at 11.49.00. 


11.36.30 
11.38.00 
11.39.00 
11.41.30 


11.36.30 
11.38.00 

11.41.30 
11.49.00 


0.30 
1.30 
1.00 
2.30 


81.6 
89.3 

94.6 


1,106 
1,158 

1,192 


76.3 
85.8 
88.5 
91.5 


1,070 
1,136 
1,163 
1,173 


2,176 
2,293 
2,323 
2,366 


134.6 
148.3 

166.9 


62.0 

69.5 
61.3 




























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300 


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11.49.00 

11.50.30 
11.51.00 
11.62.00 
11 64.00 


11.50.00 

11.51.00 
11.62.00 
11.64.00 
11.55.30 


1.00 
0.30 
0.30 
1.00 
2.00 


65.7 

63.6 
66.0 


1,091 
1,198 
1,251 
1,280 
1,806 


66.2 
60.2 
66.2 
66.7 
68.6 


1,205 
1,247 
1,298 
1,313 
1,331 


2,296 
2,446 
2,649 
2,693 
2,636 








128.6 
136.7 
143.0 
148.2 


71.8 
76.1 

81.2 




Shutdown at 11.64.00. 












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300 


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Pumps started at 11.55.30. 


11.56.30 
11.67.30 
11.59.00 


11.66.30 
11.57.30 

12.00.00 


0.30 
1.00 
1.30 
1.00 


39.6 
43.8 
47.6 
48.8 


1,317 
1.383 
1,442 
1,462 


47.4 
60.0 
51.0 


1,439 
1,480 
1,493 


2,822 
2,922 
2,955 


119.6 
128.0 
140.7 
146.0 


78.9 
83.2 
92.1 
96.2 




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LiDCB 1, 2 and 3, from hydrant at Poet Oflice square. 

Lines 4, 5 and 6, from hydrant on Congress street, near Milk street. 

In the last three sets of experimeDts, two Eastman Sets were used with three lines from each hydr 



Each Eastman Set includes 16 feet of 3J-1 



i set of experiments with six IJ-Inch nozzles, the discbarge from Lines Nos. 6 and 6 Is approximate, as no pressures v 



, therefore the total discharge for this set of experiments is approxin 



Engineeking Department. 



75 



GENERAL STATISTICS. 
BOSTON WATER DEPARTMENT. 



Daily average amount used through meters, gal 
Ions ....... 

Number of ser\'ices ..... 

Number of meters and motors . 

Length of supply and distributing mains, ii 
miles ....... 

Number of public fire-hydrants in use 

Yearly revenue from water-rates 

Yearly revenue from metered water . 

Percentage of total revenue from metered water, 

Yearly expense of maintenance 



15,717,100 

84,114 

4,865 

689.2 

7,068 

$2,318,296 74 

909,196 35 

39.2 

$543,390 77 



76 



City Document No. 12. 



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77 



statement of Operations at the East Boston Pumping Station for the 
Tear 1S9S. 




On April 22 all of East Boston (except what tank supplies) supplied from Metropolitan. 



78 



City Document No. 12. 



Statement of Operations at the West Boxbury Pumping Station for the 
Year 1898. 



1898. 


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Month. 


Hours. 


Min. 


Gallons. 


Gallons. 


Gallons. 


Lbs. 


Percent. 


Feet. 


January.. . . 


671 


00 


9,517,620 


307,020 


181.6 


52,385 


17.7 


154.1 


February . . 


595 


00 


8,263,928 


295,140 


167.2 


49,400 


17.9 


151.3 


March 


659 


00 


8,598,938 


277,385 


171.0 


50.275 


16.7 


US. 2 


April 


631 


00 


8,253,568 


275,118 


179.5 


45,975 


16.5 


148.3 


May 


668 


00 


9,367,988 


302,193 


188.5 


49,700 


16.6 


143.7 


June 


697 


30 


9,627,901 


320,930 


187.3 


51,400 


16.7 


146.1 


July 


753 


00 


10,455,638 


387,279 


175.3 


69,625 


16.9 


147.0 


August 


694 


00 


10,019,738 


323,217 


173.4 


57,800 


16.4 


144.1 


September.. 


660 


30 


10,184,813 


339,494 


179.2 


66,850 


15.9 


144.8 


October .... 


694 


00 


8,435,962 


272,128 


171.9 


49.075 


15.8 


138.5 


NoTcmber. . 


638 


00 


7,322,363 


244,079 


180.2 


40,625 


15.9 


131.9 


December.. 


497 


00 


7,102,501 


229,113 


170.5 


41,650 


16.6 


126.2 


Totals and 
Averages, 


7,848 


00 


107,150,953 


293,564 


177.2 


604,760 


16.6 


143.7 



Engineering Department. 



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[FROM THE CITY ENGINEER'S REPORT TO THE 
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The work covers the sarae ground as heretofore, namely, the 
supervision of the construction of assessment streets, boule- 
vards, street paving and consideration and reports upon vari- 
ous questions which arise concerning the work. 

The repairs upon asphalt pavement have been supervised, 
and a table is annexed giving the amount of repairs and the 
cost in detail on all asphalt pavement upon which the main- 
tenance guaranty has expired. The table showing details of 
all asphalt streets in the city has been corrected to date. 

On Columbus-avenue extension the work has been in 
progress throughout the year, and the avenue was so far com- 
pleted as to be in use in December. 

The table showing lengths and areas of paving on accepted 
streets and public alleys has been brought up to February 1, 
1899. 

Street paving has been supervised in all cases where 
requested. All paving laid on the before-mentioned avenues 
is included in the quantities given. All granite block pav- 
ing on concrete base has been laid with pitch and pebble 
joints except 1,702 square yards which on account of un- 
favorable weather, was laid temporarily with gravel joints. 

Granite block pavement on a concrete base, laid with 
pitch and pebble joints, 39,789 square yards. 

Granite block pavement on a gravel base, laid with pitch 
and pebble joints, 2,676 square yards. 

Granite block pavement on a concrete base, laid with 
gravel joints (temporarily), 1,702 square yards. 

Granite block pavement on a gravel base, laid with gravel 
joints, 37,030 square yards. 

Trinidad lake asphalt, with a binder course of asphaltic 
cement concrete, on an American cement concrete base, 
6,166 square yards, at an average cost of about $3.00 per 
square yard. 

Sicilian rock asphalt on an American cement concrete base, 
2,804 square yards, at an average cost of about $3.00 per 
square yard. 

Asphaltina, on an American Portland cement concrete 
base, 569 square yards, at a cost of $2.93 per square yard. 

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Engineering Department. 81 

include the cost of preparing roadbed, except in the case of 
asphaltina pavement, the price for which includes all work. 
All asphalt is laid with a maintenance guaranty for five 
years, except that Public Alley No. 437 is laid with a 
guaranty for ten years. 

Edgestone set, 85,818 Imear feet; gutter paving laid, 
23,035 square yards; brick sidewalks laid, 27,883 square 
yards ; crushed stone sidewalks constructed, 25,390 square 
yards. 

Artificial stone sidewalks, 37,310 square feet; flagging 
crosswalks laid, 5,686 square yards; macadam surface (6 
inches), 44,600 square yards ; Telford (8 inches) macadam 
(4 inches), 33,900 square yards. 



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Beacon street, from 98 feet east of the easterly line of 
Gloucester street to 128 feet west of the easterly line of Glouces- 
ter street, was paved with 2 inches of Trinidad lake asphalt, 
with 1^ inches of bituminous concrete binder, on a 6-inch 
American cement concrete base, by the Barber Asphalt Paving 
Company. The old pavement was removed, roadway excavated, 
edgestones reset and crosswalks laid by the Street Department. 
Former pavement was Hastings asphalt blocks on a gravel base, 
laid in 1892. 

Brattle street, Court street to Washington street, was re- 
paved with old granite blocks on a gravel base, with pitch and 
pebble joints. The old blocks were barred out and bed prepared 
by the Street Department. Roadway was repaved, edgestones 
reset, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks relaid by H. Gore 
& Co. With the exception of a small portion near Washington 
street, which it paid for by agreement. The Boston Elevated 
Railway Company repaved its track. 

Brighton street, Lowell street to Leverett street, including 
tracks of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, was paved 
with large granite blocks on a gravel base with pitch and pebble 
joints. The old pavement was removed and bed prepared by 
the Street Department. Roadway paving was laid, edgestones 
reset, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks relaid by Dennis 
J. Kiley. The Boston Elevated Railway Company, by agree- 
ment, paid for the portion within its tracks. Foimer pavement 
was old granite blocks on gravel bed and gravel joints. 

Bunker Hill street, Chelsea street to Elm street, including 
the tracks of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, was paved 
with large granite blocks on a gravel base with gravel joints. 
The old pavement was removed and bed prepared by the Street 
Department. Roadway pa%ing was laid, edgestones reset, brick 
sidewalks and flagging crosswalks were relaid by John Turner & 
Co. The Boston Elevated Railway Company, by agreement, 
paid for the portion within its tracks. Former pavement was 
old granite blocks on a gravel base with gravel joints. Eight 
new catch-basins were built ; three of them were Bradlee head 
pattern and five cast-iron D-frame pattern. 

Commercial street, State street to Clinton street, was paved 
with large granite blocks on a 6-inch American cement concrete 
base with pitch and pebble joints. The old pavement was re- 
moved and roadway excavated by the Street Department, con- 
crete base laid by Perrin & Carter, roadway paving laid, edge- 
stones reset, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks laid by H. 
Gore & Co. Former pavement was old granite blocks on gravel 
base, with gravel joints. 

Hanover street, Court street to Washington street, includ- 
ing tracks of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, was paved 
with "Philadelphia" size granite blocks on a 6-inch American 
cement concrete base with pitch and pebble joints. The old 
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Engineering Department. 91 

paving laid, edgestones reset, brick sidewallvs and flagging cross- 
wallvs laid by H. Gore & Co. The Boston Elevated Railway 
Company, by agreement, paid for the portion within its tracks. 
Former pavement was old granite blocks on a gravel base, with 
gravel joints. 

Hay ward place, Washington street to Harrison avenue, was 
paved with 2^ inches of asphaltina (a patented coal tar produc- 
tion) on a 6-inch American Portland cement concrete base by the 
Boston Paving Company. The old pavement was removed and 
roadway excavated by the Boston Paving Company. Former 
pavement was old granite blocks on a gravel bed, with gravel 
joints ; one new catch-basin was built. 

Howard street, Bulfinch street to Court street, was paved 
with large granite blacks on a 6-inch American cement concrete 
base, with pitch and pebble joints. The old pavement was re- 
moved and roadway excavated by the Sti^eet Department. Con- 
crete base was laid by Perrin & Carter, roadway paving was laid, 
edgestones set, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks laid by 
H. Gore & Co. Former pavement was old granite blocks on 
gravel base, with gravel joints. 

Kilby street, State street to Milk street, was paved with 
1-^ inches Trinidad lake asphalt, with 1| inches of bituminous 
concrete binder on existing concrete base, by the Barber Asphalt 
Paving Company. The old surface was removed ; concrete base 
was regraded by the Asphalt Company. Former pavement was 
Trinidad lake asphalt, originally laid in 1881. 

Parkman street, North Anderson street across Blossom 
street, was paved with 1^ inches |of Trinidad lake asphalt, with 
1^ inches of bituminous concrete binder on a 6-inch American 
cement concrete base, by the Barber Asphalt Paving Company. 
The roadway was excavated and gutter blocks removed by the 
Street Department. Former surface was macadam, with granite 
block gutters. 

Shawmut avenue, from southerly side of Cherry street to 
108 feet north of Cobb street, between the rails of surface tracks 
and curbs, was paved with 2^ inches of Sicilian rock asphalt on 
a 6-inch American cement concrete base, by the Boston Asphalt 
Company ; the spaces between the rails and tracks of the Bos- 
ton Elevated Railway Company were paved with large granite 
blocks on a 6-inch American cement concrete base, with pitch 
and pebble joints, by H. Gore & Co. The old pavement was re- 
moved and roadway excavated by the Street Department ; edge- 
stones were reset and brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks 
relaid by H. Gore & Co. The Boston Elevated Railway Com- 
pany, by agreement, paid for the portion within its tracks. 
Former pavement was old granite blocks on gravel base, with 
gravel joints. 

Shawmut avenue, Tremont street to Pleasant street, in- 
cluding the tracks of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, 
was paved with "Philadelphia" size granite blocks on a 6-inch 
American cement concrete base, with pitch and pebble joints, 



92 City Document No. 12. 

and also temporarily with gravel joints. The old pavement was 
removed and roadway excavated by the Street Department ; con- 
crete base was laid by Perrin & Carter ; roadway paving was laid, 
edgestones reset, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks laid by 
H. Grore & Co. The Boston Elevated Railway Company, by 
agreement, paid for the portion within its tracks. Former pave- 
ment was old granite blocks on a gravel base, with gravel joints. 

Tremont street, Boylston street to Pleasant street, including 
the tracks of the Boston Elevated Eailway Company, was paved 
with "Philadelphia" size blocks on a 6-inch American cement 
concrete base with pitch and pebble joints. The old pavement 
was removed and roadway excavated by the Street Department ; 
concrete base was laid by Perrin & Carter, roadway paving was 
laid, edgestones set, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks 
laid by H. Gore & Co. The Boston Elevated Railway Company, 
by agreement, paid for the portion within its tracks. Former 
pavement was old granite blocks on a gravel base with gravel 
joints. Two new catch-basins were built. 

Tremont street, Weston street to Hammond street, was paved 
with large granite blocks on a gravel base with gravel joints. 
The old pavement was removed and roadway excavated by the 
Street Department ; roadway paving was laid, edgestones set, 
brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks laid by James Doherty 
& Co. Former pavement was old granite blocks on gravel base 
with gravel joints. 

West Broadway, from 257 feet east of the easterly line of 
F street to near Dorchester street, including the portion of the 
Boston Elevated Railway tracks in front of the waiting room, 
was paved with 2|-inches of Sicihan rock asphalt on a 6-inch 
American cement concrete base by the Boston Asphalt Company. 
The old pavement was removed and roadway excavated, edge- 
stones set, brick sidewalks and flagging crosswalks laid by H. Gore 
& Co. The Boston Elevated Railway Company, by agreement, 
paid for the portion within its tracks. Former pavement was 
old granite blocks on a gravel base, with gravel joints. 

New Streets. 

The following streets were constructed under chapter 323 of 
the Acts of 1891, and acts in amendment thereof or in addition 
thereto : 

Belmora terrace, Boylston street to Boylston terrace, is about 
301 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to Patrick O'Hara & Co. Work under this 
contract was begun April 27, 1898, and completed August 3, 
1898, at a total cost of $1,993.09. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with crushed stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, gutter blocks and 
straight edgestones were furnished by the city and hauled to the 
site of the work by the contractor. Circular edgestone was h\r- 
nished on the work by the city ; flagging for crosswalks was 
furnished by the contractors. 



Engineering Department. 93 

Bernard street, Harvard street to Talbot avenue, is about 
1,406 feet long. The contract for constructiug the surface of 
the street was awarded to John A. Whittemore's Sons. Work 
under this contract was begun April 21, 1898, and completed 
August 9, 1898, at a total cost of $3,207.98. It is a 6-inch 
macadam road with crushed stone sidewalks, in part. Crushed 
stone and edgestones were furnished by the city and hauled to the 
site of the work by the contractor. Gutter blocks were furnished 
on the work by the city ; flagging for crosswalks was furnished 
by the contractor. Artificial stone sidewalks (4 feet wide) were 
laid by W. A. Murtfeldt Company on the easterly side between 
Park street and Talbot avenue, and on the westerly side from 
Kerwin street to beyond Helen street, a total length of 806 feet, 

Burt street, Washington street to Ashmont street, is about 
1,365 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of 
this street was awarded to Collins & Ham. Work under this 
contract was begun August 17, 1898, and suspended December 4, 
1898. 

Canal street, Haymarket square to Causeway street, is about 
1,097 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of 
the street was awarded to Jones & Meehan. Work under this 
contract was begun October 15, 1898, and suspended December 
24, 1898. 

Carlos street, Lauriat avenue to Chapman avenue, is about 
300 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the 
street was awarded to Patrick O'Hara & Co. Work under this 
contract was begun July 5, 1898, and completed September 1, 
1898, at a total cost of $788.38. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with crushed stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, gutter blocks and 
edgestones were furnished by the city and hauled to the site 
of the work by the contractors ; flagging for crosswalks was 
furnislied by the contractors. 

Chamblet street, Hartford street to Magnolia street, is about 
446 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the 
street was awarded to John Connors. Work under this contract 
was begun April 27, 1898, and completed May 23, 1898, at a total 
cost of $1,142.13. It is a 6-iuch macadam road with artificial 
stone sidewalks (cost of sidewalks not included in the above cost). 
Crushed stone, gutter blocks and edgestones were furnished by 
the city and hauled to the site of the work by the contractor. 
Flagging for crosswalks was furnished by the contractor. Arti- 
ficial stone sidewalks were laid by W. A. Murtfeldt Company. 

Elizabeth street, Norfolk street to Astoria street, is about 
264 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the 
street was awarded to CoUins & Ham. Work under this contract 
was begun June 30, 1898, and completed August 18, 1898, at a 
total cost of $649.82. It is a 6-inch macadam road with crushed 
stone sidewalks. Crushed stone and edgestones were furnished 
by the city and hauled to the site of the work by the contractor ; 
gutter blocks were furnished on the work by the city, and flagg- 
ing crosswalks were furnished by the contractor. 



94 City Document No. 12. 

Fairmount street, Morton street to Washington street, is 
about 2,657 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface 
of the street was awarded to James McGovern. Work under this 
contract was begun November 16, 1897, and completed October 
27, 1898, at a total cost of $7,084.51. It is a 6-inch macadam 
road with crushed stone sidewalks. Crushed stone and edge- 
stones were furnished by the city and hauled to the site of the 
work by the contractor; gutter blocks were furnished on the 
work by the city and flagging crosswalks were furnished by 
the contractor. 

Hamilton street, Bowdoin street to Homes avenue, is about 
944 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the 
street was awarded to James McGovern. Work under this con- 
tract was begun October 26, 1898, and suspended December 13, 
1898. 

Harold street, Munroe street to Walnut avenue, is about 748 
feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of the street 
was awarded to Patrick McGovern. Work under this contract 
was begun November 21, 1898, and suspended December 1, 1898. 

Hewins street, Columbia road to Erie street, is about 701 
feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the street 
was awarded to Philip Doherty. Work under this contract was 
begun September 13, 1898, and suspended November 30, 1898. 

Jersey street, Brookline avenue to Audubon road, is about 
1,782 feet long. A contract for filling this street to sub-grade 
was made with the Boston & Albany Railroad Company on 
August 24, 1898, at the rate of 51 cents per cubic yard, measured 
in the bank. Work was begun under this contract September 
22, 1898, and completed December 17, 1898. Total amount of 
filHng deposited was 36,897 cubic yards, at 51 cents per cubic 
yard, equal to $18,817.47. The contract for constructing the 
surface of the street has not been let. 

Leedsville street, Adams street to Dorchester avenue, is 
about 564 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface 
of the street was awarded to Collins & Ham. Work was begun 
under this contract July 13, 1898, and completed September 2, 
1898, at a total cost of $1,705.19. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with crushed stone sidewalks". Crushed stone, edgestones and 
gutter blocks were furnished by the city and hauled to the site of 
the work by the contractors ; flagging for crosswalks was fur- 
nished by the contractors. 

Leroy street, Geneva avenue to Ditson street, is about 717 
feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the street 
was awarded to Philip Doherty. Work was begun under this 
contract June 22, 1898, and completed August 4, 1898, at a total 
cost of $941.39, not including sidewalks. It is a 6-inch macadam 
road with artificial stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, edgestones 
and gutter blocks were furnished by the city and hauled to the 
site of the work by the contractor ; flagging for crosswalks was 
furnished by the contractor ; artificial stone sidewalks were laid 
by the Barnes Ruffin Company. 



Engineering Department. 95 

Lonsdale street, Dorchester avenue to Adams street, is about 
1,626 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to Patrick O'Hara & Co. Work was begun 
under this contract August 23, 1898, and on September 30, 1898, 
P. O'Hara & Co. were notified that the city woukl complete the 
work on account of the contractors not carrying on the work in a 
satisfactory manner. A contract was then made with the Barnes 
Ruffin Company. Work was begun again October 10, 1898, and 
suspended December 28, 1898. 

Malvern street, Brighton avenue to Ashford street, is about 
702 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to James Doherty & Co. Work under this 
contract was begun July 8, 1898, and completed September 26, 
1898, at a total cost of $1,691.21. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with crushed stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, edgestones and 
gutter blocks were furnished by the city and hauled to the site of 
the work by the contractor ; flagging for crosswalks was furnished 
by the contractor. 

Maryland street, Savin Hill avenue to Bay street, is about 
474 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to Philip Doherty. Work under this contract 
was begun October 18, 1898, and suspended November 30, 1898. 

Mellen street. Ocean street to Montague street, is about 759 
feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the 
street was awarded to Collins & Ham. Work was begun under 
this contract September 13, 1898, and completed November 28, 
1898, at a total cost of $2,421.59. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with artificial stone sidewalks, 4 feet in width and a planting 
space for grass between the sidewalk and the edgestone. Crushed 
stone and edgestones were furnished by the city and hauled to 
the site of the work by the contractor ; flagging for crosswalks 
was furnished by the contractor. 

Merlin street, Athelwold street to Park street, is about 465 
feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of the street 
was awarded to Patrick McGovern. Work was begun under this 
contract September 15, 1898, and completed November 28, 1898, 
at a total cost of $1,794.97. It is a 6-incli macadam road with 
artificial stone sidewalks. Crushed stone and edgestone were fur- 
nished by the city and hauled to the site of the work by the con- 
tractor ; gutter blocks were furnished on the work by the city ; 
flagging for crosswalks was furnished by the contractor. 

Nightingale street, Talbot avenue to Bernard street, is about 
1,454 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of 
this street was awarded to James Doherty & Co. Work was 
begun under this contract August 29, 1898, and completed 
December 13, 1898, at a total cost of $3,679.46, not including 
cost of artificial stone sidewalks. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with crushed stone and artificial stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, 
edgestones and gutter blocks were furnished by the city and 
hauled to the site of the work by the contractor ; flagging for 



96 City Document No. 12. 

crosswalks was furnished by the contractor ; artificial stone 
sidewalks were laid by Simpson Brothers' Corporation. 

North Harvard street, Western avenue to Charles river, is 
about 2,573 feet long. The contract for constructing this street 
was awarded to Geo. H. Wentworth & Co. Work was begun 
under this contract October 4, 1898, and suspended December 24, 
1898. 

Oakley street, Bowdoin street to G-eneva avenue, is about 
825 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to John Connors. Work was begun under 
this contract July 11, 1898, and completed August 23, 1898, at 
a total cost of $1,327.01, not including the cost of artificial stone 
sidewalks. It is a 6-inch macadam road with artificial stone 
sidewalks. Crushed stone, edgestone and gutter blocks were 
furnished by the city, and hauled to the site of the work by the 
contractor ; flagging for crosswalks was fm-nished by contractor ; 
artificial stone sidewalks were laid by John C. Newborg. 

Peverell street. Sawyer avenue to Salcombe street, is about 
486 feet long. The contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to Collins & Ham. Work was begun under 
this contract August 25, 1898, and suspended December 20, 
1898. 

Rosseter street, Bullard street to Bowdoin avenue, is about 
849 feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of this 
street was awarded to Patrick O'Hara & Co. Work was begun 
under this contract June 14, 1898, and completed August 23, 
1898, at a total cost of $1,917.80. It is a 6-inch macadam road 
with crushed stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, straight edgestone 
and gutter blocks were furnished by the city and hauled to the 
site of the work by the contractor ; circular edgestone were fur- 
nished by the city on the work ; flagging for crosswalks was 
furnished by the contractor. A contract for building retaining 
walls at estates of T. H. Badlam and F. E. Brown was awarded 
to R. L. Barrett for the sum of $1,275. Work was begun 
under this contract October 25, 1898, and suspended December 1, 
1898. 

Ruggles street, Parker street to Back Bay Fens, is about 945 
feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of this street 
was awarded to Doherty & Connors. Work was begun under 
this contract December 2, 1897, and completed August 6, 1898, 
at a total cost of $5,420.99. It is a Telford macadam road 
(8 inches and 4 inches respectively) with crushed stone sidewalks. 
Crushed stone, edgestones and gutter blocks were furnished by 
the city and hauled to the site of the work by the contractor ; 
flagging for crosswalks was furnished by the contractor. 

St. Stephen street, St. Stephen street to Bryant street, is 
about 803 feet long. A contract for filling this street to sub- 
grade was awarded to James T. Gilligan ; 5,381 cubic yards were 
deposited at 20 cents per cubic yard, equal to $1,076.20. The 
contract for constructing the surface of the street has not been 
let. 



Engineering Department. 97 

Spencer street, Wheatland avenue to Talbot avenue, is about 
625 feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of the 
street was awarded to James McGovern. Work under this con- 
tract was begun November 20, 1898, and suspended December 
14, 1898. 

Stuart street, Trinity place to Dartmouth street, is about 260 
feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of this street 
was awarded to Collins & Ham. Work was begun under this 
contract October 7, 1898, and completed October 31, 1898, at a 
total cost of $767.02. It is a 6-inch macadam road with brick 
sidewalks. Crushed stone, edgestone and gutter blocks were 
furnished by the city and hauled to the site of the work by the 
contractor ; bricks for sidewalks were furnished on the work by 
the city ; flagging for crosswalks was furnished by the con- 
tractor. 

Telford street, Western avenue to Metropolitan Park Reser- 
vation, is about 349 feet long. A contract for constructing the 
surface of this street was awarded to James Doherty & Co. 
Work was begun under this contract August 9, 1898, and com- 
pleted August 29, 1898, at a total cost of $568.95. It is a 6- 
inch macadam road with crushed stone sidewalks. Crushed 
stone, edgestone and gutter blocks were furnished by the city and 
hauled to the site of the work by the contractor ; flagging for 
crosswalks was furnished by the contractor. 

Tonawanda street, Geneva avenue to Greenbrier street, is 
about 1,700 feet long. A contract for constructing the surface 
of this street was awarded to PhiUp Doherty. Work was begun 
under this contract October 11, 1897, and completed June 18, 
1898, at a total cost of $5,294.52. It is a 6-inch macadam 
road with brick sidewalks. Crushed stone, edgestones and 
gutter blocks were furnished by the city and hauled to the site of 
the work by the contractor ; bricks for sidewalks were furnished 
on the work by the city ; flagging for crosswall^s was furnished 
by the contractor. 

Vancouver street, Huntington avenue to Ruggles street, is 
about 254 feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of 
this street was awarded to Doherty & Connors. Work was begun 
under this contract December 2, 1897, and completed August 6, 
1898, at a total cost of $1,646.84. It is a Telford macadam road 
(8 and 4 inches respectively) with crushed stone sidewalks. 
Crushed stone, edgestones and gutter blocks were furnished by 
the city and hauled to the site of the work by the contractor ; 
flagging for crosswalks was furnished by the contractor. 

Waterlow street. Harvard to Harvard street, is about 518 
feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of the street 
was awarded to .James Doherty & Co. Work was begun under 
this contract October 4, 1898, and completed November 28, 1898, 
at a total cost of $1,200.46, not including the cost of artificial 
stone sidewalks. It is a 6-inch macadam road with crushed 
stone and artificial stone sidewalks. Crushed stone, edgestones 
and gutter blocks were furnished by the city and hauled to the 



98 City Document No. 12. 

site of the work by the coutraetor ; flagging for crosswalks was 
furnished by the contractor. The artificial stone sidewalks have 
not been laid. 

Public Alley, No. 437, Arlington street to Berkeley street, be- 
tween Commonwealth avenue and Newbury street, is about 596 
feet long. A contract for constructing the surface of this alley 
was awarded to the Barber Asphalt Paving Company. Work 
under t'ais contract was begun October 24, 1898, and completed 
December 16, 1898, at a total cost of $2,063.89. The roadway 
is paved with Trinidad lake asphalt 1^ inches thick, with a bitu- 
minous concrete binder l^- inches thick, on a 6-inch American 
cement concrete base. The existing pavement (old cobble stone) 
was removed and roadway excavated, edgestones reset and brick 
sidewalks laid by the contractor. All new bricks and edgestones 
required were furnished by the city. 

Contracts were awarded on the following streets, but at the end 
of the season no work had been done : 

Angell street, Blue Hill avenue to Canterbury street. 

Astor street, Massachusetts avenue to Parker street, now 
Hemenway street. 

Fowler street, Greenwood street to Glenway street. 

Francis street, Huntington avenue to Brookline avenue. 

Middleton street, Norfolk street northerly. 

Wensley street. Heath street westerly. 

Plans have been prepared of the following "new streets" on 
which the work of construction has not been commenced : 

Alexander street, Alexander street to Oleander street. 

Amory street, School street to Bragdon street. 

Atherstone street, Fuller street to Bailey street. 

Belvidere street, Dalton street to West Newton street. 

Bragdon street, Columbus avenue to Amory street. 

Chisvs'ick road, Englewood avenue to Chestnut Hill avenue. 

Devon street. Blue Hill avenue to Columbia road. 

Forest Hill street, Washington street to Glen road. 

Homes avenue, Bowdoin street to Topliff street. 

Idaho street, from River street. 

Ipswich street, Boylston road to Boylston street. 

Leeds street, Woodward street to Dorchester avenue. 

Millet street, Pai-k street to Athelwold street. 

Newburg street, Beech street to Belgrade avenue. 

Orkney road, Strathmoi'e road to Sutherland road. 

Peterborough street, Boylston road to Audubon road. 

Queensberry street, Audubon road to Audubon road. 

St. Stephen street, St. Stephen street to Bryant street. 

Shirley street, Norfolk avenue to Massachusetts avenue. 

Spencer street, Wheatland avenue to Talbot avenue. 

Spring street. Centre street to Gardner street. 

Stanley street, Quincy street to Bellevue street. 

Thane street. Park street to Athelwold street. 

Van Winkle street, Dorchester avenue to Shawmut branch 
railroad . 



Engineering Department. 99 

West Selden street, from Morton street. 
Woodlawn street, Hj^de Park aveuue to Forest Hills ceme- 
tery. 

Grading Street Railway Tracks. 

The grades for tracks in the following streets have been de- 
termined. On streets marked ** the surveys were made and 
levels taken by the companies : 

(Boston Elevated Railway Company .) 
Alford street. Main street to Maiden bridge. 
Atlantic avenue. Summer street to Kneeland street. 
Brattle street, Court street to Washington street. 
Brighton street, Lowell street to Leverett street. 
Bunker Mill street, Chelsea street to Sackville street. 
Canal street, Haymarket square to Causeway street. 
Columbus avenue, at Centre street. 

Dorchester avenue. Summer street to Fort Point channel. 
Hanover street. Court street to Washington street. 
Main street. Mead street to Mystic branch railroad. 
Neponset avenue, Minot street to Taylor street. 
Shawmut avenue. Cherry street to near Castle street. 
5hawmut avenue, Tremont street to Pleasant street. 
Summer street, Atlantic avenue to Dorchester avenue. 
Washington street, at Columbia road. 

( 'West Roxbury and Roslindale Street Railway Company.) 
Spring street, Centre street to Gardner street. 

{Newtonville and Watertown Street Railway Company.) 
** North Beacon street. Union square to Charles river. 
Total length of single track grades 6.9 miles. 
Surveys and plans were made for work upon the following 

streets and grades and lines given. The work of construction 

was supervised by the Street Department : 

Adams street. Park street to Parkman street. 
Alford street, Main street to Maiden bridge. 
Commonwealth avenue, at Essex street. 
Commonwealth avenue, Warren street to Chestnut Hill 
avenue. 

Covington street. East Eighth street to foot of steps. 
Neponset avenue, Minot street to Neponset river. 
Washington street, West Walnut park to School street. 

Broadway Bridge over Fort Point Channel. 

Plans were made for strengthening portions of the draw 
fender pier of this bridge ; the work was done by the Street 
Department. 



100 City Document No. 12. 

Columbia Road. 

Columbia road construction has been in progress during 
the year. The first section extending from Blue Hill avenue 
to Stanwood street has been completed, and the prospect is 
good that the work will be finished to Edward Everett 
square in the time allowed in the two remaining contracts, 
on or before July 1, 1899. No work has been done on the 
bridge at the crossing of the New York, New Haven & 
Hartford Railroad. 

The filling done during the year, other than that done by 
the Park Department, has been at the foot of Mercer street 
and along Ninth street. About 21,000 cubic yards of earth 
have been deposited at the foot of Mercer street under several 
small contracts, the material having been brought from the 
hills of South Boston. 

On October 25, 1898, a contract was made with Simon J. 
Donovan for filling that portion of Columbia road between 
Atlantic and I streets. Under this contract 16,267 cubic 
yards have been deposited. 

On December 28 another contract was made with Mr. 
Donovan for filling the section of the road between Mercer 
and Mt. Vernon streets, and building an extension of the 
culvert under the railroad. A small amount of filling has 
been done and work begun on the culvert. 

On October 10, 1898, a contract was made with Dennis 
F. O'Connell for building the abutments and pier of the 
bridge to carry Columbia road over the New York, New 
Haven & Hartford Railroad, and also over the new Columbia 
avenue. The foundations and about one-half of the stone 
masonry have been built and the excavation made for the 
pier. 

Cottage Farm Bridge over Boston & Albany 
Railroad. 

A granolithic sidewalk has been built on the northerly 
side of this bridge, the concrete foundation of which was 
furnished by the Metropolitan Construction Company, and 
the granolithic surface was laid by Simpson Brothers. Iron 
fences, furnished and set by P. J. Dinn & Co., have been 
placed on the main girders of the bridge. 

Dumping Wharves for the Sanitary Division. 

Plans and specifications were made for widening and 
dredging the dock at Fort Hill Wharf and a contract for 
doing the work was made June 15, 1898, with W. H. Ellis. 



Engineering Department. 101 

The total cost was 13,376, and the work was completed early 
in September. 

Plans and specifications were made for building a high 
platform over this dock for the purpose of dumping garbage 
into scows below. The work was done by W. H. Ellis, for 
the sum of $2,843.33, and was completed in October. 

Plans and specifications were made for building a platform 
and incline runway at the Sanitary Wharf on Albany street 
and the contract for doing the work was awarded to Thomas 
E. Ruggles on November 30, for the sum of 15,470. The 
platform is over the dock, and is to be used for similar 
purposes to the one at Fort Hill Wharf ; this work is not yet 
completed. Previous to the building of this platform the 
dock and its entrance were dredged by the Eastern Dredging 
Company to grade — 7.0 feet city base; the contract price 
for doing this work was $1,260. 

East Boston Ferries. 

New drops and tanks. — Plans and specifications were made 
for building two new drops, and a contract was made Septem- 
ber 3, 1898, with John M. Brooks for doing the work for 
the sum of $5,775 for each drop. Plans and specifications 
were also made for building two new tanks for supporting the 
drop, and a contract for doing the work was made with Mr. 
Brooks for the sum of $1,875 for each tank. One drop 
replaced the old northerly drop at the Boston landing of the 
North Ferry, and was open to travel January 14, 1899 ; the 
other drop is to replace the old northerly drop at the East 
Boston landing of the South Ferry, and will be thrown open 
for travel early in February. 

Harvard-street Bridge over New England 
Railroad. 

Plans were prepared for building an 8-ft. sidewalk for 
this bridge, and the work was done by the Street Department. 

Ipswich-street Bridge and Retaining- wall. 

On account of the laying out of this street across the 
Fens the following structures were required : 

A retaining-wall on the northerly line of the street, which 
line was also the southerly line of the location of the Boston 
and Albany Railroad, for a length of 530 feet easterly from 
the easterly line of the Fens. 

A bridge over the Fens waterway and a bridge to carry 



102 City Document No. 12. 

the park driveway in Charlesgate West over Ipswich street. 
All the masonry work in these structures was built under a 
contract with Messrs. Holbrook, Cabot and Daly, dated 
November 29, 1897, and the work was completed on Sep- 
tember 13, 1898, at a total cost of 140,528.99. 

The retaining-wall along the railroad serves to support the 
street, and has a height above the railroad varying from 1 foot 
6 inches to 6 feet and a length of 530 feet. It is a rubble 
wall with a cut coping 2 feet wide by 1 foot 6 inches high. 
Owing to the small height of this wall no piles were used, the 
foundation extending only 4 feet below the grade of the 
railroad. 

The bridge over the waterway, so far as the masonry is 
concerned, is an extension of the abutments and piers of the 
bridge on the railroad. The foundation consists of a pile 
and timber platform extending the full width of the water- 
way and abutments, the upstream end being protected by a 
line of 4-inch sheet piling. The platform is at grade — 0.5 and 
the tops of the piers are at grade 12.25. There are two 
piers each 3 feet wide and three openings for the waterway 
each 17 feet \\'ide. A supplementary agreement was made 
with the contractors for the masonry for building the super- 
structure of this bridge except the railing. The bridge is 
built of steel beams of depths varying, to conform to the 
crown of the roadway, from 10 inches in the gutter to 
20 inches on the outer lines of the bridge ; they are spaced 
from 2 feet to 3 feet 2 inches apart ; the spaces between the 
beams and above them to within 2i inches of the surface of 
the street are filled with Portland cement concrete ; sheets 
of expanded metal are imbedded in the concrete 2 inches 
above the under surface, this surface being flush with the 
bottoms of the beams ; on top of the concrete an asphalt 
covering was laid 2i inches thick. There is a sidewalk 8 
feet in width on the southerly side of the bridge, but none on 
the northerly side, a curb being placed on this side one foot 
from the outer line. The depth of the bridge is 20 inches on 
the outside lines, 19 inches at the sidewalk curb and 14 
inches in the gutter. The surface of the bridge is 61 feet 
in length by 50 feet in width. 

For building the bridge on Charlesgate West it was nec- 
essary to remove a portion of the old retaining-wall on the 
easterly line of the Parkway, and the whole of the wall on 
the westerly Ime of the Parkway down to the sub-grade of 
Ipswich street, excavate the earth within the lines of the new 
street and the bridge abutment, build a new face on the back 
of the abutment of the bridge over the railroad and build 



Engineering Department. 103 

a new abutment on the southerly line of the new street. 
The Parkway was origmally graded by filling with coarse 
gravel from the original grade of the flats, which was about 
grade 2, to grade 34. Borings taken after the required 
excavation was made, showed that the soft mud underneath 
the filling, which previous to the filling was 14 feet in depth, 
had been either compressed or displaced so that the filling 
extended down to grade — 6. 

Great difficulty was experienced in driving the piles for 
the abutment on account of the character of the filling ; 
where the attempt was made to drive all of the piles called 
for by the plan it is probable that not more than one-half 
of them reached the natural hard bottom which was at grade 
— 28. The piles were driven in a trench excavated to grade 
4 or about 10 feet below the grade of the ground in front of 
the abutment and about 26 feet below the undisturbed sur- 
face in the rear of the abutment. Many of the piles were 
broken in driving, and some that were drawn up after being 
driven were found crippled and broomed at the points. A 
water jet was tried, but the filling was so coarse that the jet 
had no effect upon it ; iron shoes were used on the piles, but 
still they were crippled ; finally only every alternate pile was 
driven and these seemed to reach hard bottom and to so 
compact the material that no more piles could be driven. 
The piles were spaced, according to the plan, 2 feet apart 
on centres in each direction, there being 9 piles in each row 
at right angles to the face of the abutment; 329 piles were 
driven out of 621 called for by the plan. No settlement has 
been detected in the masonry. It is probable that the great 
weight of the filling 38 feet in depth which has rested on the 
mud for the past 15 years has so consolidated it that it is 
able to support the masonry with the help of a smaller 
number of piles than would otherwise be necessary. 

The abutment is 106 feet in length at the ground line and 
has a retaining or wing-wall returned on the westerly line of 
the Parkway, a distance of 35 feet, for the purpose of pre- 
venting the filling on the Parkway from encroaching on the 
street. The easterly end of the abutment is connected with 
the old retaining-wall. The foundation is 18 feet wide, pro- 
jecting at the bottom 6 feet 6 inches in front of the exposed 
face of the abutment. The piles were cut off 1 foot above 
the bottom of the trench or at grade 5. The masonry from 
grade 4 to grade 11 was of American cement concrete com- 
posed of 1 part cement, 2 parts of sand and 5 parts of gravel. 
The concrete had a width on top of 14 feet 8 inches, the 
front line being 3 feet 2 inches in front of the exposed face 



104 City Document No. 12. 

of the wall. On this was laid a footing course of granite 
2 feet thick and 13 feet wide, projecting 2 feet in front of 
the wall above it. 

The masonry above the footing course is of quarry-faced 
Rockport granite laid in horizontal courses in American 
cement mortar with 1-inch joints. The back of the old 
abutment of the bridge over the railroad was faced with 
quarry-faced ashlar, by cutting away the backing of the two 
lower courses sufficiently to allow laying two courses of 
stretchers above the old foundation ; the lower course was 
bolted to the backing of the same course by two li-inch bolts 
to each stone and this course and the next two above it were 
clamped to the old work by two i-inch wrought iron clamps 
to each stone. The bridge seat courses of both abutments 
are of cut stone 2 feet rise and 5 feet wide ; these are sur- 
mounted by cut stone parapets, the tops of which conform to 
the shape of the roadway and walks. Ballast of quarry 
chips was placed in the rear of the abutment. 

A temporary wooden bridge was erected to carry the park 
drive over the street at a cost of 1565.57, and the drive was 
opened to travel on July 13. 

On July 25, 1898, a contract was made with the James 
Russell Boiler Works Company for building iron fences on 
each side of Ipswich street across the Fens. On the waterway 
bridge there is a railing 3 feet 6 inches high of three 2-inch 
wrought iron pipes with cast iron posts ; the remainder of 
the fence consists of two rails of 2i-inch X i-inch wrought 
iron posts of 2^-inch X 1-inch wrought iron set in cast iron 
bases, and palings of |-inch round iron spaced 4i inches apart ; 
the fence is 6 feet high. The work was completed on No- 
vember 7, at a cost of 



North End Paving Wharf. 

A plan was made for an extension of this wharf to the 
harbor line ; this work has not yet been done. 

Warren Bridge. 

Plans were made for a temporary platform to be used for 
dumping snow; it has not been built. 



Engineering Department. 105 



MISCELLANEOUS WORK AND CONSTRUCTION 
IN 1898. 



Broadway Bridge over Fort Point Channel. 

Plans were made for rebuilding and strengthening por- 
tions of the draw pier of this bridge. The work was done 
by the Street Department. 

Canal Bridge. 

Plans and specifications were made for rebuilding the 
down-stream sidewalk on the Cambridge side of this bridge 
for a distance of 397.60 feet from the draw. The work was 
done by William H. Ellis, under his contract, dated May 12, 
1898. The work was completed June 13, at a cost of 
12,397.26. 

Columbia Road. 

See page 100. 

Congress-street Grade Crossing. 

The abutments and piers for the fixed spans of the bridge 
across Fort Point channel have all been built during the 
year under contracts with Ross & Fowler. The west abut- 
ment, with the exception of the parapet, was finished in 
March, 1898, and the parapet put on during the following 
November. The four piers in the channel and the east 
abutment were finished in December, 1898. The abutments 
for the bridge over A street were also built by Ross & 
Fowler under a contract dated August 9, 1898, and were 
completed in December last. The abutments and pier for 
the bridge over C street and the easterly abutment for the 
bridge over B street are now being built under a contract 
with James McGraw & Co., and should be completed early 
in the spring. Timber bulkheads for supporting the filling 
on the southerly side of Summer street, between A street 
and Fort Point channel and on both sides of the approach 
from A street, are now being constructed under a contract 
with Ross & Fowler, and will be completed in March. Con- 



106 City Document No. 12. 

tracts have also been made with W. J. Lawler for building 
the foundations for the draws and the necessary draw piers, 
requiring the work to be done before April 15, 1899, and 
with the A. & P. Roberts Company for the superstructure of 
the fixed spans of the bridge across the channel calling for 
its erection before May 1, 1899. Proposals for building the 
two retractile draws have been called for requiring the draws 
to be in place on or before July 1, 1899, and it is confidently 
expected that if all the work now under contract is completed 
within the time specified the portion of Summer street as far 
as A street and the approach from that street will be ready 
for traffic early in July next. 

About 600 feet in length of the new street extending 
westerly from L-street bridge has been paved, the edgestone 
set, sidewalks and fences built, and the necessary sewers and 
drains constructed. A large amount of filling has also been 
deposited along the line of the street wherever it could be 
done without interfering with other work. The sea-wall 
called for by the decree along the widening on the northerly 
line of Congress street has been built under a contract with 
W. L. Miller, for the sum of f 20,495. 

Under one of the conditions imposed in the license granted 
by the Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners for doing 
this work, a channel, 50 feet wide, has been dredged to a 
depth of 16 feet at low water, extending from Congress-street 
bridge to Mt. Washington-avenue bridge. This work was 
done by the Eastern Dredging Company at a cost of $2,245. 

Cottage Farm Bridge. 
See page 100. 

Dorchester-avenue Grade Crossing. 

Plans have been made for the abutments of the proposed 
bridges on Boston and Swett streets and Dorchester avenue. 
On January 16, 1899, a contract was made with Holbrook, 
Cabot & Daly for building the abutments of the bridge on 
Boston street ; but no work has as yet been done on the 
ground. 

Dorchester Avenue, Summer Street and Atlantic 
Avenue Extensions. 

The work on these streets made necessary by the erection 
of the South Union Station has been prosecuted vigorously 
during the year, and they are open for traffic. 

The contract for the third section of the sea-wall along 
the harbor line between Mt. Washington avenue and the old 



Engineering Department. 107 

abutment of Federal-street bridge was made with William 
H. Ryan, under date of February 17, 1898, and the wall was 
finished, including the coping, late in September. The 
coping on the other sections of the sea-wall was set early 
last spring, and the work at Mt. Washington-avenue bridge 
was completed in July, 1898. A temporary wooden fence 
has been built along the wall from Federal-street bridge to 
Summer street, which will protect travel until an iron fence 
can be built this spring. 

The work of setting edgestone, building catch-basins, and 
paving on Dorchester avenue and Summer street was begun 
on March 30, 1898, and a roadway, 40 feet in width, was 
open to travel on June 8, 1898, from Mt. Washington 
avenue to Atlantic avenue. This roadway was extended to 
Federal-street bridge, and all traffic diverted from old Fed- 
eral street on July 11, 1898. 

The work of paving Dewey square and Atlantic avenue 
as far as Kneeland street, excepting a narrow strip in front 
of the proposed buildings for express purposes, was finished 
early in December. 

The entire width of Dorchester avenue from Summer 
street to the southerly end of the new station was paved and 
opened to travel on December 23, 1898. 

Brick sidewalks have been built on both sides of Summer 
street, from Dewey square to Dorchester avenue, excepting a 
short length on the northerly side adjoining the property of 
the Boston Electric Light Company. A brick sidewalk has 
also been built on Atlantic avenue along the westerly side 
of the new station. 

DinsipiNG Wharves, Sanitary Division, Street 

Department. 
See page 100. 

East Boston Ferries. 
See page 101. 

Federal-street Bridge Widening. 

As stated in the last annual report, plans and specifications 
were prepared for widening the Boston end of Federal-street 
bridge at the part adjoining Dorchester-avenue extension. 
A contract was made on May 31, 1898, with Wm. J. Lawler, 
for doing the work for the sum of |10,206, and the work 
was completed early in September. 

Harvard-street Bridge over N. E. R.R. 
See page 101. 



108 City Document No. 12. 

Hayes Square. 

This square is formed by the intersection of Bunker Hill, 
Vine and Moulton streets in Charlestown. A triangular 
area of about 5,000 square feet is not included within the 
street lines, and is in the charge of the Department of Public 
Grounds. The curbstone purchased during the preceding 
year were set in the spring, an iron fence was furnished and 
set on the curb by George T. McLauthlin & Co. The whole 
work was finished on July 26. 

Ipswich Street. 
See page 101. 

North End Paving Wharf. 
See page 104. 

RoxBURY High Fort. 

This work was completed on July 6, so far as the appro- 
priation would allow. The work done was to complete the 
grading of the fort itself, to loam and seed the slopes, make a 
macadam surface on the area inside the fort, build two addi- 
tional flights of steps, construct the driveway from Beech 
Glen avenue to the fort, build a walk on the westerly side 
of the hill below the fort, remove and place in a new position 
the memorial stone, and to clean up and leave in a respectable 
condition the whole park ; much, however, remains to be done 
to give the whole ground a finished appearance. All of the 
work except the building of the steps and the moving of the 
memorial stone was done by a force detailed from the Street 
Department. The masonry work was done by A. A. Libby 
&Co. 

Swimming Pools. 

A swimming pool on Orchard park was finished so as to 
be opened to the public on July 3. This pool is simply an 
excavation in clayey ground, lined with Portland cement 
concrete, and having an artificial stone walk 4 feet wide 
around the outside, sloping away from the tank. The tank 
is 80 feet long by 30 feet wide, 4 feet deep at one end and 4 
feet 6 inches deep at the other end. The side walls are 2 
feet, and the bottom 6 inches thick. The sides and bottom 
were plastered with Portland cement, and then washed with 
clear Portland cement wash. Suitable drains for emptying 
the tank with an overflow 6 inches below the top of the tank 
were constructed. A 4-inch water-supply pipe enters the 
middle of the shallow end of the tank 2 feet above the 
bottom. 



Engineering Depaetment. 109 

Another swimming pool was built in the old bath-house on 
Cabot street. This is 66 feet long, 23 feet wide, 3 feet 
6 inches deep at one end, and 6 feet 6 inches deep at the 
other end ; no artificial stone walk was laid around it ; owing 
to the character of the soil the bottom of this tank was made 
16 inches thick. The drainage from the tank is into Stony 
brook. With the above exceptions the tank was constructed 
in the same manner as was the one at Orchard park. It 
was finished on August 4. 

Temporary Highway Bridge across Charles River. 

Plans were made and approved by the War Department 
for building this bridge, which is about 300 feet south of 
West Boston Bridge with approaches connecting with the 
present lines of travel ; the whole bridge will be about 2,248 
feet long, and will be provided with two draws. This bridge 
is designed to take the travel now going over West Boston 
bridge until the new bridge, to be called Cambridge bridge, 
is completed. 

Plans and specifications were made for building 1,920 feet 
of this bridge, and a contract for doing the work was made 
with Benjamin Young, October 13, for the sum of $32,200 ; 
the draws, draw-piers and adjoining parts of the bridge not 
being included; about two-thirds of the piles have been 
driven, and about 30 per cent, of the top work has been 
done. 

VOTING-B OOTHS. 

At the request of the Election Commissioners plans and 
specifications for building iron voting-booths were revised, 
and their construction was inspected by this department. 

Warren Bridge. 
See page 104. 

Miscellaneous. 

Estimates have been made of the cost of restoring the old 
fort on Dorchester Heights, of extending the channel of 
Stony brook and of abolishing the grade crossings on Blue 
Hill avenue and Oakland street at Mattapan. 

Reports have been made on the condition of the retaining- 
wall on Adams street, at Cedar Grove cemetery, and on the 
improvement of Stony brook at Pierce farm, West Roxbury. 

Widths of Draw-Openings. 

The widths of draw-openings in the bridges over tide- 
water in this city have all been remeasured for this report. 



110 City Document No. 12. 

Appendix A. — Table showing the widths of openings for 

vessels in all bridges provided with 

draws. 
Appendix B. — Table of accident and other plans made for 

the Law Department. 
Appendix C. — Table of surveys, plans and profiles made 

by Surveying Division. 
Appendix D. — List of streets where lot frontages have 

been obtained for Sewer Division, Street 

Department, for sewer assessments. 
Appendix E. — Engineermg Department property schedule. 
Appendix F. — Elevations referred to Boston City base. 
Appendix G. — Engineering Department Annual Reports, 

1867-1898. 

Respectfully submitted, 

William Jackson, 

City Engineer. 



Engineejring Department. Ill 



CITY ENGINEERS. 

1850-1898. 



E. S. CHESBROUGH, M. Am. Soc. C. E., 
November 18, 1850, to October, 1855. 
(Died August 18, 1886.) 

JAMES SLADE, 

October 1, 1855, to April 1, 1863. 
(Died August 2.5, 1882.) 

N. HENRY CRAFTS, 

AprH 1, 1863, to November 25, 18T2. 

JOSEPH P. DAVIS, M. Am. Soc. C. E., 
November 25, 1872, to March 20, 1880. 
(Resigned March 20, 1880.) 

HENRY M. WIGHTMAN, M. Am. Soc. C. E., 
April 5, 1880, to April 3, 1885. 

(Died April 3, 188-5.) 

WILLIAM JACKSON, M. Am. Soc. C. E., 
April 21, 1885, to the present time. 



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APPENDIX B. 



TABLE OF ACCIDENT AND OTHER PLANS MADE FOR THE 
LAW DEPARTMENT, FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1898, TO FEBRU- 
ARY 1, 1899. 

Boston Proper. 

Ashburton place. — Plan of street in front of No. 1 1 . 
Beach street. — Plan of street at corner of Harrison avenue. 
Beverly street. — Plan of street near Causeway street. 
BlacJcstone street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 91 and 93. 
Boylston street. — Plan of street in front of No. 480. 
Brighton street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 38 and 44. 
Cambridge street. — Plan of street in front of No. 387. 
Central street. — Plan of street near No. 51. 
Chambers street. — Plan of street in front of No. 17. 
Chandler street. — Plan of street in front of No. 126. 
Charles street. — Plan of street at corner of Beacon street. 
Columbus avenue. — Plan of avenue in front of Nos. 243 

and 245. 
Columbus avenue. — Plan of avenue in front of No. 306 A. 
Commercial street. — Plan of street at corner of Battery street. 
Compton street. — Plan of street in front of No. 33. 
Corning street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 5 and 7. 
Cortes street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 34 and 36. 
Court square. — Plan of square in front of No. 30. 
Court street. — Plan of street in front of No. 104. 
Creek square. — Plan of street in rear of Nos. 2 and 4. 
Dartmouth street. — Plan of street in front of No. 31. 
Davis street. — Plan of street in front of No. 1. 
Devonshire street. — Plan of street at Dock square. 
JEliot street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 14 and 16. 
I'Jiiot street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 105 and 109. 
Ussex street. — Plan of street in front of No. 107. 
Hanover street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 176 and 178. 
Harrison avenue. — Plan of street in front of No. 892. 
Harvard street. — Plan of street in front of No. 134. 
Huntington avenue. — Plan of street at corner of Norway street. 
Mheeland street. — Plan of street at Lincoln street. 
Massachusetts avenue. — Plan of street in front of No. 406. 
Nexdand street. — Plan of street near Upton street. 
North street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 87 and 89. 
Pearl street. — Plan of street near Milk street. 



Engineering Department. 115 

Pemberton square. — Plan of street in front of No. 9. 

Jiichniond street. — Plan of street in front of No. 18. 

iSale^n street. — Plan of street in front of No. 104. 

Savoy street. — Plan of street in front of No. 14. 

Shawmut avenue. — Plan of street in front of No. 289. 

St. James avenue. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 27 and 29. 

St. James avenue. — Plan of street at Trinity place. 

Summer street. — Plan of street near Federal street. 

Travers street. — Plan of street near Portland street. 

Tremont street. — Plan of street at corner of School street. 

Tremont street. — Plan of street at Milford street. 

Tremont street. — Plan of street at Tremont Theatre. 

Tremont roio. — Plan of street in front of No. 8. 

Union park. — Plan of street near Montgomery street. 

Warreyi avenue. — Plan of avenue near bridge. 

Washington street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 636 

and 638. 
Washington street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 495 

and 501. 
Washington street. — Plan of street at corner of "Winter street. 
'Way street. — Plan of street in front of No. 41. 
West Rutland square. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 89 

and 91. 
West Springfield street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 200 

and 202. 
Yarmouth street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 5 and 7. 

South Boston. 

JBolton and Third streets. — Plan of buildings between 215 

Bolton street and 244 Third street. 
Broadway . — Plan of street at Dorchester street. 
F street. — Plan of street in front of No. 153. 
Fourth street. — Plan of street in front of No. 554. 
K street. — Plan of street in front of No. 14. 

East Boston. 
Saratoga street. — Plan of street in front of Nos. 151 and 153. 

ROXBURY. 

Cabot street. — Plan of street near Windsor street. 
Centre street. — Plan of street in front of No. 8. 
Columbus avenue. — Plan of avenue near Orange court. 
Delle avenue. — Plan of avenue in front of No. 3. 
Fellows street. — Plan of street near Orange court. 
Francis street. — Plan of street near Binney street. 
Kendall street. — Plan of street in front of No. 55. 
Linden Park street. — Plan of street in front of No. 121. 
Renfrew street. — Plan of street from Eustis street to Harrison 
avenue. 



116 City Document No. 12. 

jSt. Alphonsus street. — Plan of street near Alleghany street. 
Weston street. — Plan of street at corner of Tremont street. 

Dorchester. 

Ashmont street. — Plan of street near Neponset avenue. 
Gibson street. — Plan of street near Dorchester avenue. 
Rockwell street. — Plan of street near Washington street. 
Talbot avenue. — Plan of avenue near Railroad bridge. 
Talbot avenue. — Plan of avenue at corner of Nightingale street. 

West Roxbury. 

Jamaica street. — Plan of street in front of No. 94. 
Washington street. — Plan of street near Grove street. 

Brighton. 
FranTdin street. — Plan of street, corner of AUcott street. 



Engineering Department. 117 



APPENDIX C. 



TABLE OF; SUKVEYS, PLANS AND PROFILES MADE BY THE 
SURVEYING DIVISION OF THE ENGINEERING DEPART- 
MENT, FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1898, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1899. 

Boston Proper. 

Aldine street. — Gilbert street to Hathaway place. Plan and 
profile for proposed grade. 

Alleti street. — Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Andrew street. — East Canton street to East Dedham street. 
Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established 
grade. 
Ash street. — Bennet street to Nassau street. Plan and profile 
of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Asylum street. — Washington street to Harrison avenue. Plan 
and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 

Atlantic avenue. — East street to Kneeland street. Plan for pro- 
posed discontinuance. 

Atlantic avenue. — Kneeland street to Dorchester avenue. Ap- 
proximate plan for proposed extension. 

Atlantic avenue. — Kneeland street to Fort Point channel. Plan 
and profile for extension and estabhshed grade. 

£ay street. — Off Fayette street. Plan and profile of edgestone 
for proposed grade. 

Beach street. — Approximate plan for widening. 

JBelvidere street. — Falmouth street to Dalton street. Plan and 
profile of edgestone for proposed laying out and established 
grade. 

Bennet place. — Off Bennet street. Plan and profile for pro- 
posed laying out. 

Blandford street. — Commonwealth avenue to Boston and Al- 
bany Raih-oad. Plan and profile for proposed laying out 
and estabhshed grade. 

Boston Common. — At Frog pond. Plan and profile across end 
through fountain. 

Boston Common. — Plan for proposed bicycle path. 

Broadway. — Albany street to Fort Point channel. Plan and 
profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Cambridge street. — Charles street to Charles river. Plan for 
proposed widening. 

Cambridge street. — Corner Charles street. Plan of estate. 

Canal street. — Plan showing relocation. 



118 City Document No. 12. 

Causeway street. — Beverly street to Prince street. Plan and 

profile for established grade. 
Char don street. — Southeasterly side, Court street to Hawkins 

street. Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
Charles river. — Plan of boat landing proposed for the Boston 

Parks Service Company. 
Charles river. — Plan of 30-foot street on, for proposed laying 

out. 
Charles JRiver avenue. — Causeway street to Charles river. 

Plan and profile for established grade. 
Charlestown street. — Causeway street to Stillnian street. Plan 

and profile for widening and established grade. 
City Hospital. — Massachusetts avenue and Harrison avenue. 

Plan showing new building and Nurses' Home. 
Clarendon street. — St. James avenue to Columbus avenue. 

Plan and profile for proposed extension and established 

grade. 
Columbus avenue. — Corner Clarendon street. Sketch of plumb- 
ing of tower and heights for Building Department. 
Commercial street. — Prince street to Hull street. Plan and 

profile for revised and established grade. 
Cooper street. — Charlestown street to North Margin street. 

Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade.' 
Cor7i court. — Plan for proposed laying out. 
Court street. — Easterly side, Alden street to Chardon street. 

Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
Dartmouth street. — Southerly corner Harwich street. Plan 

and profile to see what grade can be given. 
Dorchester avenue. — Junction of Federal street. Plan for pro- 
posed widening and discontinuance. 
East Concord street. — Washington street to Harrison avenue. 

Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
Endicott street. — Causeway street to Thacher street. Plan 

and profile for established grade. 
Essex street. — South street to Federal street. Plan and profile 

for widening and established grade. 
Estes place. — Summer street to Congress street. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and estabUshed grade. 
Fargo street. — Plan for proposed extension to Summer street. 
Gainshoro' street. — St. Stephen street to Hemenway street. 

Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established 

grade. 
Hammond avenue. — Leverett street to Chambers street. Plan 

and prolfie for proposed grade. 
Hammond avenue. — Plan of, to show hues. 
Hull street. — Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
Lewis street. — Corner North street. Plan for Superintendent of 

Streets. 
JLyman street. — Plan for discontinuance of portion. 
Medford street. — Charlestown street to Causeway street. Plan 

and profile for established grade. 



Engineering Department. 119 

Melrose street. — Pleasant street to Ferdinand street. Plan and 
profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Milton place. — Summer street to Federal street. Plan and 
profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Femhrohe street. — Plan of proposed addition to school lot. 

Prince street. — Commercial street to Lafayette avenue. Plan 
and profile for established grade. 

Public Alley. — ■ Between Sawyer street and Kendall street. Plan 
and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley. — From Oliver street. Plan and profile for pro- 
posed laying out. 

Public Alley. — From Norman street. Plan and profile for pro- 
posed laying out. 

Public Alley JVo. 100. — (Brighton-street avenue) Auburn street 
to Brighton street. Plan and profile for laying out and es- 
tabhshed grade. 

Public Alley No. 101. — (Chair alley) Kichmond street to Cross 
street. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and estab- 
lished grade ; also plan for relocation. 

Public Alley Wo. 102. — (Hancock row) Creek square to Mar- 
shall street. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and 
established grade. 

Public Alley Nos. 201, 202, 203, 204. — (Bang alley) Doane 
street to Central street. Plan and profile for proposed laying 
out and established grade. 

Public Alley Wo. 301. — (River street and River-street place) 
Mt. Vernon street to Pinckney street. Plan and profile for 
proposed laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley Nos.J^Ol, Jfi2, 403, 404, 46>5. — Between Hunting- 
ton avenue and St. Botolph street, from Irvington street to 
Massachusetts avenue. Plan and profile for proposed laying 
out and established grade. 

Public Alley JVos. 414, 415, 4I6, ^17. —Between Beacon 
street and Marlboro' street, from Exeter street to Massachu- 
setts avenue. Plan and profile for pro^wsed laying out and 
established grade. 

Public Alley Ros. 4I8, 419, 420. — Between Beacon street and 
Marlboro' street, from Exeter street to Berkeley street. Plan 
and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley Wo. 421. — Between Beacon street and Marl- 
boro' street, from Berkeley street and Arlington street. Plan 
and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley Wos. 422, 424, 425, 426, 427. — Between Marlboro' 
street and Commonwealth avenue, from Ai-lington street to 
Gloucester street. Plan and profile for proposed laying out 
and established grade. 

Public Alley Wos. 428, 429. — Between Marlboro' street and 
Commonwealth avenue, from Gloucester street to Massachu- 
setts avenue. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and 
established grade. 



120 City Document No. 12. 

Tuhlic Alley Nos. 430, 431, 482, 433. — Between Newbury 
street and Commonwealth avenue, from Massachusetts ave- 
nue to Exeter street. Plan and profile for proposed laying 
out and established grade. 

Public Alley JVos. 434, 435, 436, 437. — Between Common- 
wealth avenue and Newbury street, from Arlington street to 
Exeter street. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and 
established grade. 

JPublic Alley JVos. 43S, 439, 440. — Between Newbury street 
and Boylston street, from Arlington street to Exeter street. 
Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established 
grade. 

Tnhlic Alley JVos. 44I, 442, 443, 444. — Between Newbury 
street and Boylston street, from Exeter street to Massachu- 
setts avenue. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and 
established grade. 

Public Alley JVos. 601, 602. — (Oxford place) from Harrison 
avenue. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and es- 
tablished grade. 

Public Alley N'o. 603. — (Oliver place) Essex street to Beach 
street. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and estab- 
lished grade. 

Public Alley JVos. 6O4, 605, 606. — (May place) between Oak 
street and Nassau street. Plan and profile for proposed 
laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley JVo. 607. — (Bennet place) off Bennet street. 
Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley N'os. 608, 609. — (Maple place) Oak street to Har- 
rison avenue. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and 
established grade. 

Public Alley JVo. 611. — (Levering place) Washington street to 
Harrison avenue. Plan and profile for proposed laying out 
and established grade. 

Public Alley JVo. 701. — Between Union Park and Upton 
street, from Shawmut avenue to Tremont street. Plan and 
profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Public Alley N'o. 702. — West Springfield street to Worcester 
street. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and estab- 
lished grade. 

Public Alley Ro. 703. — Newland street to No. 702. Plan and 
profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Poosevelt street. — From Northampton street to Camden street. 
Plan and profile to test grade. 

jSt. James avenue. — Corner Trinity place. Sketch showing 
height of building in process of construction for Building 
Department. 

St. James avenue. — Clarendon street to Trinity place. Plan 
and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

iSears street. — Central Wharf to India street. Plan and profile 
for proposed laying out and established grade. 



Engineering Depaktment. 121 

Sheafe street. — Salem street to Snowhill street. Plan and pro- 
file of eclgestone for proposed grade. 

South street. — Northwesterly side, Essex street to Tufts 
street. Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Stanhope street. — Morgan street to end. Plan and profile for 
revised grade. 

Summer street. — Southerly side, South street to Atlantic ave- 
nue. Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Thacher street. — Charlestown street to North Margin street. 
Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Trinity place. — St. James avenue to Stanhope street. Plan 
and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 

Tups street. — South street to Lincoln street. Plan and profile 
of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Tyler street. — Curve street to Harvard street. Plan and pro- 
file of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Wareham street. — Corner Harrison avenue. Plan of Estate 
line. 

Warrenton place. — Tremont street to Pleasant street. Plan 
and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 

Washington street. — Nos. 1734 to 1738. Plan to show line. 

Wellington street. — Columbus avenue to Carleton street. Plan 
and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

West Concord street. — Washington street to Shawmut avenue. 
Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Winchester street. — Ferdinand street to Church street. Plan 
and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

South Boston. 

Atlantic-avenue extension. — Fort Point channel to Foundry 
street. Plan and profile of proposed laying out and estab- 
lished grade. 

B street. — Between Congress street and "West First street. Plan 
and profile for proposed relocation, widening, extension and 
grade. 

Covington street. — Between East Eighth street and Columbia 
road. Plan and profile of proposed laying out and grade. 

Dorchester avenue. — Broadway to Fort Point channel. Plan 
and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

East Third street. — Southeasterly corner G street. Plan for 
sidewallv assessment. 

East Third street. — Between N and O streets. Plan of proposed 
grade. 

East Fourth street. — Between H and I streets. Plan of pro- 
posed revised grade. 

East Fifth street. — Northeasterly corner H street. Plan of 
school-house lot for grading. 

East Fifth street. — No. 507. Plan for sidewalk assessment. 

East Ninth street. — Between Dorchester street and Mercer 
street, southerly side. Plan of bath-house lot. 



122 City Document No. 12. 

East Ninth street. — Between Dorchester street and Mercer 

street, southerly side. Plan for addition to bath-house lot. 
Fargo street.— ^Q\m&Q,n B street and Congress street. Plan 

and profile of proposed laying out and grade. 
Foundry street. — Dorchester avenue to Broadway. Plan and 

profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
G street. — Southeasterly corner East Third street. Plan 

for sidewalk assessment. 
I street. — East First street to bridge. Plan for proposed relo- 
cation. 
Power street. — Dorchester avenue to Boston street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
Rawson street. — Dorchester avenue to Boston street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
Thomas park. — Plan showing addition to school lot, for Public 

Buildings Department. 
Thomas parJc. — East end High School lot. Survey to locate 

old iron fence. 
Vale street. — Between Dorchester street and Mercer street. 

Plan of proposed revised grade. 
'Washburn street. — Dorchester avenue to Boston street. Plan 

and profile for revised grade. 

East Boston (including Breed's Island). 

Bennington street. — Prescott street to Revere line. Plan and 

profile of proposed widening, extension and grade. 
Bremen street. — Brooks street to Putnam street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade of edgestone. 
Chelsea street. — Marion street, Morris street and Paris street. 

Plan of City Paving Yard and City Sewer Yard, for Street 

Department, Paving Division. 
Lewis street. — At Ferry. Plan for proposed widening. 
Paris street. — Northwesterly side, between Gove street and 

Porter street. Plan of Grymnasium lot and building. 
Pearl place. — From Public Alley No. 2001 to Brigham street. 

Plan and profile of proposed laying out and grade. 
Public Alley No. 2001. — From Webster street to Marginal street. 

Plan and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Saratoga street. — Marion street and Princeton street. High 

School lot. G-rade plan for Public Buildings Department. 

Charlestown. 

Alford street. — Main street to Maiden bridge. Plan and pro- 
file of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Hamblen street. — Arlington avenue to George street. Plan and 
profile of proposed laying out and grade. 

Monument square. — Plan of proposed addition to school lot. 

Perkins street. — Somerville Une to B. &. M. R.R. Plan and 
profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 



Engineeking Department. 123 

Roland street. — Somerville line to the B. «Ss M. R.R. Plan and 

profile of proposed laying out and grade. 
Summer street. — School street, Pearl street and Bartlett street. 

Grade plan of Warren School lot and proposed addition for 

PubUc Buildings Department. 

ROXBUKY. 

Adams street. — Southeasterly side, Yeoman street to Orchard 

street. Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
Astor street. — From Massachusetts avenue to Hemenway street. 

Plan for assessment. 
Bancroft street. — From Columbus avenue to West Walnut 

park. Plan and profile for proposed laying out and estab- 
lished grade. 
JBoylston street. — From Boylston road to Brookline avenue. 

Plan for assessment. 
Bray street. — Washington street to Columbus avenue. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and estabUshed grade. 
Brunswick street. — From Blue Hill avenue easterly. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Cabot street. — Plan of bath-house lot for Bath Department. 
Comins terrace. — Plan of portion of Munroe-street School lot. 
Coventry street. — Tremont street to Columbus avenue. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and estabUshed grade. 
Cumminqton street. — Avon street to Blandford street. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Dunreath street. — From Aspen street to old end of street. 

Plan and profile for extension and established grade. 
Ellingwood street. — From Lawn street, westerly. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and estalilished grade. 
Elm Hill avenue. — Northwesterly side Crawford street to How- 
land street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
JSrnst street. — W. Walnut park to Bragdon street. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Forrest and Vine streets. — Northeasterly corner. Plan and 

profile for building for Building Department. 
Francis street. — Huntington avenue to Brookline avenue. 

Plan and profile for widening and established grade, 
Harold street. — Walnut avenue to Munroe street. Plan for 

assessment. 
Humboldt anenue. — Munroe street to Bower street. Plan and 

profile of edgestone for revised grade. 
Ipswich street. — Boylston road to Boylston street. Plan for 

assessment. 
Jersey street. — Brookline avenue to Audubon road. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Langdon street. — Shirley street to Norfolk avenue. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Lawn street. — Plan showing owners' names, and frontage of 

estates for Paving Division. 



124 City Document No. 12. 

Miles street. — "West Walnut park to Bragdon street. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Munroe street. — Plan of land added to school lot. 
Norfolk avenue. — Between Magazine street and G-erard street. 

Plan and profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
Orchard parh. — Plan of bath-house lot, for Bath Department. 
Pontiac street. — Hillside street to Alleghany street. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Priesitig place. — Daj' street to Creighton street. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Prentiss place. — Plan showing proposed change in lines. 
Public Alley No. 901 — Off Hemenway street. Plan and profile 

for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Public Alley No. 90S. — Haviland street to Norway street. 

Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established 

grade. 
Queensberry street. — Audubon road to Audubon road. Plan for 

assessment. 
/St. /Stephen street. — Extension to Bryant street. Plan for 

assessment. 
/Shirley street. — Norfolk avenue to Massachusetts avenue. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
/Smith street. — Plan and elevation of St. Alphonsus Hall for 

Building Department. 
/Street No. 104.9. — Oft Heath street. Approximate profile for 

proposed grade. 
Turner street. — Haviland street to Astor street. Plan for 

assessment. 
Vine street. — Northeasterly corner Forest street. Plan and 

elevations of building for Building Department. 
Webber street. — Harrison avenue to Albany street. Plan and 

profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 
'West Walnut park. — Amory street to Bancroft street. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Willow park. — Shawmut avenue to Westminster street. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Worthington street. — Longwood avenue to Fenway. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Yeoman street. — Hampden street to Adams street. Plan and 

profile of edgestone for proposed grade. 

Dorchester. 
Allbright court. — Plan for addition to engine-house lot. 
Bailey street. — Plan for addition to school lot. 
Barrington street. — From Bowdoin street to Homes avenue. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Bernard street. — From Harvard street to Talbot avenue. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
Boston street. — From Mt. Vernon street to Edward Everett 

square. Plan and profile for widening. 



ENGmBERING DEPARTMENT. 125 

3urt street. — From Ashmont street to Washington street. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
Carlisle street. — From Centre street to Welles avenue. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Carlos street. — Plan for construction assessment. 
Carson street. — Plan and profile for revised grade. 
Chamhlet street. — From Hartford street to Magnolia street. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Chapman avenue. — Plan and profile for proposed laying out and 

established grade. 
Clinton street. — From Waterlow street to Faxon street. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Columbia road. — From Stanwood street to Brunswick street. 

Plan showing portion of estate remaining after the laying 

out of Columbia road. 
Devon street. — From Blue HiU avenue to Columbia road. Plan 

and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Draper street. — From Bowdoin street to Robinson street. Plan 

and profile of laying out and established grade. 
Edwin street. — Plan and profile for revising grade, from Dor- 
chester avenue to Shawmut park. 
Fair mount street. — From Washington street to Morton street. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Harvard avenue. — From Harvard street to Washington street. 

Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established 

grade. 
Harrison street. — From Greenhill street to Preston street. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Idaho street. — From Manchester street to River street. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
Johnson terrace. — From Lauriat avenue to N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. 

Plan and profile for revising grade. 
Kilton street. — From Harvard street to Talbot avenue. Plan 

and profile for laying out and estabhshed grade. 
Lauriat street. — From Lauriat avenue to Ballou avenue. Plan 

and profile for revising grade. 
Lauriat avenue. — From Norfolk street to Tucker street. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Leroy street. — From Geneva avenue to Ditson street. Plan for 

construction assessment. 
Leedsville street. — From Adams street to Dorchester avenue. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Lonsdale street. — Plan for construction assessment. 
Maryland street. — From Bay street to Sa^dn Hill avenue. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
Melbourne street. — From Ceutre street to Welles avenue. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Millet street. — From Talbot avenue to Wheatland avenue. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Milton avenue. — From Lauriat avenue to Norfolk street. Pla 

and profile for revising grade. 



126 City Document No. 12. 

Morton street. — From West Selden street to the N. E. R.R. 

Plan for relocation. 
Moseley avenue. — From Columbia road to Crescent avenue. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Nightingale street. — From Bernard street to Talbot avenue. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Norton street. — From Bowdoin avenue to Homes avenue. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Nottingham street. — From Bullard street to Rosseter street. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Oakley street. — From Bowdoin street to Greneva avenue. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
Perth street. — From Phipps avenue to Quincy street. Plan and 

profile for laying out and established grade. 
Perth street. — Between Phipps avenue and Quincy street. Plan 

for school lot on westerly side. 
Peverell street. — From Salcombe street to Sawyer avenue. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
Mosseter street. — From Nottingham street to Bullard street. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Samoset street. — From Centre street to Welles avenue. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
School street. — At Athelwold street. Plan of proposed widening. 
School street. — Plan for addition to school lot. 
Shatomut park. — From King street to Templeton street. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Shepton street. — From Shawmut park to Dorchester avenue. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Stonehurst street. — From Barrington street to Bowdoin street. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Talbot avenue. — From Bernard street to Kilton street. Plan 

and profile for revising grade. 
Thane street. — From School street to Harvard street. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Thane street. — From Athelwold street to School street. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Tucker street. — From Lauriat avenue to Callender street. Plan 

and profile for revising grade. 
Van Winkle street. — Plan and profile for crossing railroad. 
Yaughan street. — From Blue Hill avenue to Harvard street. 

Plan and profile for laying out and estabUshed grade. 
Waldeck street. — From Park street to Geneva avenue. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Waldeck street. — From Melville avenue to Tonawanda street. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Waldeck street. — From Melville avenue to Park street. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Warner avenue. — From Harvard street to Talbot avenue. Plan 

and profile for laying out and established grade. 
Washington street. — From Codman street to Faii-mount avenue. 

Relocation. Plan and profile for laying out and established 

grade. 



Engineering Department. 127 

Waterlow street. — From Harvard street to Harvard street. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Westcott street. — From Park street to Talbot avenue. Plan 

and profile for revising grade. 
West Selden street. — Plan for construction assessment. 
'Whitfield street. — From Talbot avenue to Wheatland avenue. 

Plan and profile for laying out and established grade. 
WoodcUff street. — From Howard avenue. Plan and profile for 

laying out and established grade. 

West Roxbuby. 

Angell street. — From Blue Hill avenue to Canterbury street. 

Plan and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Baker street. — Northwest corner of Gardner street. Plan show- 
ing levels on school lot for Architect. 
Belgrade avenue. — From Malcolm street to Beech street. Plan 

and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Belmore terrace. — From Boylston street to Boylston terrace. 

Plan for construction assessment. 
Boxtrne street. — From Walk Hill street to Patten street. Profile 

for grade. 
Boylston street. — From Adelaide street to Nelson street. Profile 

for grade. 
Carolina avenue. — Plan and profile of proposed widening and 

established grade and extension to Williams street. 
Centre street. — Near La Grange street. Plan of old cemetery for 

Cemetery Commission. 
Clifton street. — From Kittredge street to Norfolk street. Plan 

and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Congreve street. — From South street to Centre street. Plan and 

profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Corinth street. — From Washington street to Brandon street. 

Plan and profile of proposed widening and established grade. 
Elgin street. — From Centre street to West Roxbury Branch of 

the N. Y., N. H. «fe H. R.R. Plan and profile of proposed 

laying out and established grade. 
Gardner street. — From Baker street, 1,100 feet westerly. Plan 

and profile for revising grade. 
milcrest street. — From Elgin street to Lorette street. Plan and 

profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Hyde Park avenue. — From Patten street to Eldredge road. 

Profile for grade. 
Lorette street. — From Centre street to the West Roxbury Branch 

of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. Plan and profile of pro- 
posed laying out and established grade. 
Lorraine street. — From Colberg street to Belgrade avenue. 

Plan and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Perkins street. — From Day street to Jamaicaway. Plan and 

profile of proposed widening and established grade. 
Railroad street. — From WiUow street to Corey street. Plan 
and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 



128 City Document No. 12. 

Bowe street. — From Ashland street to Seymour street. Plan 

and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
South street. — From Jamaica street to Arborway. Plan and 

profile of proposed relocation and established grade. 
South street. — At Roslindale station. Plan of subway under 

WestRoxbury Branch of N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 
Spalding street. — From South street to N. Y., N. H. &. H. R.R. 

Plan and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Spring street. — At Charles river. Plan showing trees, water 

line and levels for Architect's Division. 
Wachusett street. — From Walk Hill street southerly, to beyond 

Eldredge road. Plan and profile of proposed laying out and 

established grade. 
Walter street. — Near Mendum street. Plan of old cemetery 

for Cemetery Commission. 
Walk Hill street. — At Wachusett street. Profile for grade. 
Walk Hill street. — Washington street to Hyde Park avenue. 

Profile for grade. 
Washington street. — From Hyde Park avenue to Walk Hill 

street. Profile for grade. 
Willow street. — From Centre street to Railroad street. Plan and 

profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Woodlawn street. — From Hyde Park avenue to Forest Hills 

Cemetery. Plan for construction assessment. 

Brighton. 

Brackett street. — From Washington street to Faneuil street. 

Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established 

grade. 
Chester street. — From Brighton avenue to Commonwealth avenue. 

Plan and profile for proposed laying out and established grade. 
Chiswick road. — From Englewood avenue to Chestnut Hill 

avenue. Plan for construction assessment. 
Commonwealth avenue. — From Warren street to Chestnut Hill 

avenue. Plan and profile showing revised grade. 
Essex street. — From Commonwealth avenue to and across Charles 

river into Cambridge. Plan and profile for roadway. 
Malvern street. — From Brighton avenue to Ashford street. Plan 

for construction assessment. 
North Beacon street. — At B. & A. R.R. bridge. Plan and 

profile to show established grade. 
North Harvard street. — Between Charles river and Western 

avenue. Plan and profile of proposed widening, relocation 

and established grade. 
North Harvard street. — WiUard place to and across Charles 

river into Cambridge. Plan and profile of roadway. 
Orkney road. — From Strathmore road to Sutherland road. Plan 

and profile of proposed laying out and established grade. 
Strathmore road. — From Chestnut Hill avenue to the Brook- 
line line. Plan for construction assessment. 
Webster street. — Plan of old school lot, showing levels and pro- 
posed widenings, for Architect. 



Engineering Department. 129 



APPENDIX D. 



LIST OF STREETS WHERE LOT FRONTAGES HAVE BEEN 
OBTAINED FOR THE SEWER DIVISION OF THE STREET 
DEPARTMENT FOR SEWER ASSESSMENTS FROM JAN- 
UARY 1, 1898, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1899. 

Boston Proper. 

Allen street. — Brighton street to Charles street, north side. 

Atlantic avenue. — East side, T wharf to Commercial wharf. 

Barton street. — Chambers street to Milton street. 

Boyhton street. — From near Massachusetts avenue to Both- 
nia street. 

Central street. — 

Charles street. — Allen street to Poplar street. 

Commercial street. — From North Market street to CKnton 
street. 

Tremont street. — Corning street to bridge. 

Warren avenue. — Clarendon street to Dartmouth street. 

Washington street. — Oak street to Pine street. 

Wiget street. — 

South Boston. 

B street. — Between West Broadway and West Seventh 
street. 

Coviyigton street. — Between Thomas park and East Eighth 
street. 

Dorchester avenue. — Between West Seventh street and D 
street. 

Dorchester street. — Between West Second street and Emer- 
son street. 

Dorr street. — Between Dorchester avenue and Ames street. 

East First street. — Between N street and O street. 

East Fourth street. — Between I street and Jay street. 

S street. — Between East Eighth street and Columbia road. 

Tudor street. — Between F street and Dorchester street. 

East Boston (including Breed's Island). 

Ashley avenue. — From Breed street to Bennington street. 
Bremen street. — From No. 288 to Putnam street. 
Chelsea street. — From Curtis street to Chelsea creek. 
Falcon street. — From Meridian street to Border street. 



130 City Document No. 12. 

Frankfort street. — From Maverick street to Decatur street. 
Marginal street extension. — 

Saratoga street. — From Washburn street to Austin avenue. 
Sumner street. — From Nos. 391 and 402 to Samson street. 
Wordsworth street. — From Pope street to Saratoga street. 

Charlestowk. 

Roland street. —From Crafts street to Somerville line. 
Russell street. — From Mead street to Eden street. 
Rutherford avenue. — From Chapman street to Dunstable 
street. 

ROXBURY. 

Bryant street. — Between Huntington avenue and Hemen- 

way street. 
Columbus avenue. — Between Centre street and Bragdon 

street. 
Columbus avenue. — Between Roxbury street and New 

Heath street. 
Uast Lenox street. — Between Reed street and Fellows 

street. 
Eldoro street. — From Hillside street to angle. 
Ellingwood street. — 
Fellows court. — Off Fellows street. 
Harrison avenue. — Between Massachusetts avenue and 

Eustis street. 
Hunneman street. — Between Harrison avenue and Fellows 

street. 
Eutehins avenue. — Between Day street and Grotto glen. 
Mozart street. — Between Centre street and Armstrong 

street. 
Norway street. — Between Parker street and Turner street. 
Parker Hill avenue. — Between Parker street and Calumet 

street. 
Parker street. — Between Norway street and Westland 

avenue. 
Peterborough street. — 
Ruggles street. — Between Parker street and Huntington 

avenue. 
Turner street. — Between Haviland street and Astor street. 
Vancouver sfr^e^. — Between Ward street and Ruggles street. 
Waheno street. — Between Wyoming street and Wabon 

street. . 

Walnut avenue. — Between Rockland street and Leslie park. 
Walpole street. — Between Tremont street and Columbus 

avenue. 



Engineering Departivient. 



131 



APPENDIX E. 



Engineering Department Property Schedule, Main Office. 



1 horse. 

2 carriages. 

1 sleigh. 

2 harnesses. 

3 robes. 

Instruments for drawing. 
Instruments for surveying, as fol- 
lows : 

1 Temple transit. 

5 Buff & Berger transits. 

8 Gurley transits. 

1 Stackpole transit. 

2 Temple levels. 

4 Buff & Berger levels. 

5 Gurley levels. 
11 Boston rods. 

3 New York rods. 

4 Troy rods. 

Cases for plans and books. 
Eeference Library, 1,216 volumes. 
11,181 Plans Engineering Works, 
loose. 



14 volumes Plans Engineering 

Works, bound. 
Photographs of Engineering Works. 
Apparatus for blue printing. 
1 microscope. 
1 mercurial barometer. 
1 aneroid barometer. 
1 holosteric barometer. 
1 set hydrometers, 
1 hygrometer. 

1 pair field glasses. 

2 typewriters. 

2 dynamometers. 
1 pentagraph. 
1 calculating-machine. 
1 volt meter. 

1 comptometer. 

2 thermophones. 
1 camera. 

1 planimeter. 

1 Bourdon pressure gauge. 



Surveying Division. 



3 Temple transits. 
2 Moody transits. 

2 Buff & Berger transits. 

3 Stackpole transits. 

1 Troughton & Sims transit. 

1 Poole transit. 

1 Archibut transit. 

1 King transit. 

7 Buff & Berger levels. 



1 Moody level. 

2 Temple levels. 
1 Ewing level. 

1 Gurley level. 

17 Boston rods. 

1 New York rod. 

6 pipe rods. 

28,754 plans. 

4,536 lithographed maps. 



Architecturai. Division. 



1 horse. 

1 Goddard buggy. 
1 Open buggy. 

1 sleigh, harnesses, robes, stable 
blankets, etc. 



1 Remington typewriter. 
Miscellaneous drawing instruments. 
600 plans in filing cases in store- 
room. 



132. City Document No. 12. 



APPENDIX F. 



Elevations referred to Boston City base. (The city base is 0.64 feet 
below mean low tide.) 

Feet. 

0.00 City base. 
15.66 Highest tide, April 16, 1851. 
15.33 Coping on dry dock, Charlestown Navy Yard. 
14.75 Elevation of tide November 27, 1898. 
12.04 Greatest elevation of high tide, per United States 
Tide Tables, November 17, 1899 (11.4 + 0.64) 
= 12.04. 
8.14 Least elevation of high tide, per United States Tide 
Tables, March 20 and April 18, 1899 (7.5 + 0.64) 
= 8.14. 
2.74 Greatest elevation of low tide, per United States 
Tide Tables, April 19, 1899 (2.1 + 0.64) = 2.74. 

— 1.06 Least elevation of low tide, per United States Tide 

Tables October 19, 1899 (—1.7 + 0.64) = 

— 1.06. 
0.64 Mean low tide. 
5.00 Piles cut off for building. 
9.91 Water works base (approximate tide-marsh level). 

— 4.98 Cambridge City base. 
0.38 South Boston fiats base. 

Note. — Cambridge city base is 4.98 feet below Boston city base. The greatest ele- 
vation of high tide during the past year was on November 27, 1S98; the grade of the 
tide on that date being 14.75 feet above city base. 



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CONTENTS. 



REPORT ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT FOR 



[General index to contents Engineering Departuient Reports, 1867-1892, will be : 
in Report of February 1, 1892.] 



Engineering Department 

Statement of Expenses, Engineering Department 

" " Abolishment grade crossings: 

" " Congress street 

" " Dorchester avenue 

" " Dover street 

" " Faneuil Hall Building reconstruc- 
tion 

" " " South Union station 

Bridges inspected 

vpholly supported by Boston 

" " " railroads 

of which Boston supports the part within its 

limits 

of which Boston pays a part of the cost of main- 
tenance 

supported by railroad corporations 

" " " " Boston & Albany 

R.R 

" " "' " Boston & Maine 

R.R., W. Div. . . 

" " " " Boston & Maine 

R.R., East Div.. 

" " " '' Boston, Revere 

Beach & Lynn 

R.R 

" " " " New England R.R 
" N.Y., N.H. & H. 
R.R., 01(1 Col- 
ony Div 

" N.Y., N.H. & H. 
R.R., Prov, Div. 



Total number (125) 

Bridges 

Agassiz road, in the fens 

Albany street, over B. & A. R.R 

AUston, over B. & A. R.R 

Arborway, over Stony brook Parkway 

Ashland street, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R.. 

Athens street, over N.E. R.R 

Audubon road, over B. & A. R.R 

Beacon street, over outlet of the fens 

Beacon street, over B. & A. R.R 

Bellevue street, over Muddy river, in Riverway 



136 City Document No. 12. 

Bridges, continued. page 

Bernier-street foot-bridge, over Bridle Path, Riverway 11 

Bernier-street foot-bridge over Muddy river 11 

Berkeley street, B. & A. R.R 11 

Berkeley street, Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R n 

Berwick-park foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & 

H. R.R 11 

Blakemore-street over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 11 

Bolton street, N. E. R.R 12 

Boylston street, Back-bay fens 12 

Boylston street, B. & A. R.R 12 

Bridle path, over Muddy river, in Rivervray 12 

Broadvpay, over Fort-point channel 12 

Broadway, over B. & A. R.R 12 

Brookline avenue, over B. & A. R.R 12 

Brookline avenue, over Muddy river, in Parkway 13 

Byron street, B., R. B. & L. R.R 13 

Cambridge street 13 

Canal or Craigie's 13 

Castle-Island foot-bridge 14 

Central avenue, over Neponset river 14 

Charles river 14 

Charlesgate, in the fens 14 

Chelsea, over B. & M. R.R 14 

Chelsea (North) 15 

Chelsea (South) 15 

Chelsea street 15 

Circuit drive, over Scarboro' pond, in Franklin Park 15 

Columbus avenue, over B. & A. R.R 15 

Commercial Point, or Tenean 16 

Commonwealth avenue, in the fens 16 

Congress street 16 

Cornwall street, over Stony brook 16 

Cottage Farm, over B. & A. R.R 16 

Cottage-street foot-bridge 17 

Dartmouth street, over B. & A. R.R., and Prov. Div. N, Y., 

N.H. & H. R.R 17 

Dorchester street, over Old Colony Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. 17 

Dover street 17 

Ellicott arch, in Franklin Park 17 

Essex street 18 

Everett street, over B. & A. R.R 18 

Federal street 18 

Fen bridge, in the fens 17 

Ferdinand street, over B. & A. R.R 18 

Forest Hills entrance, in Franklin Park 19 

Gold stt'eet, over N.E. R.R 19 

Granite to Milton 19 

Harvard to Cambridge 19 

Harvard street, over N.E. R.R 19 

Huntington avenue, over B. & A. R.R 19 

Ipswich street, over Waterway in the fens 20 

Irvington-street foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. 

R.R 20 

L-street bridge 20 

Leverett pond, foot-bridge in Leverett Park 20 

Leyden street, B., R.B. & L. R.R 20 

Linden- park street, over Stony brook 20 

Longwood avenue 20 

Maiden 21 

Massachusetts-avenue, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. 

R.R 21 

Massachusetts avenue, over B. & A. R.R 21 



Engineering Department. 187 



Bridges, continued. page 

Mattapan to Milton 21 

Meridian street 21 

Milton 22 

Mt. Washington avenue 22 

Neponset 22 

Neptune road, over B., R.B. & L. R.R 22 

Newton street, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 22 

North Beacon street 2.3 

North Harvard street 23 

• Prison Point 23 

Public Garden foot-bridge 28 

Scarboro' pond, foot-bridge in Franklin Park 24 

Shawmut avenue, over B. & A. R.R 24 

Spring street 24 

Stony brook, in the fens 24 

Swett-street bridges (over South-bay sluices) 24 

Tremont street, over Muddy river 24 

Warren 24 

Western avenue to Cambridge 2,5 

Western avenue to Watertown 26 

West Boston 25 

West Chester park. (See Massachusetts avenue.) 

West Fourth street (over O. C. Div. N.T., N.H. & H. R.R). . 25 

West Rutland-square foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. 

& H. R.R 25 

Winthrop 26 

Architect Division. 

Plans and contracts for School Committee 61 

Plans and contracts for Fire Department 62 

Plans and contracts for Park Department 62 

Plans and contracts for miscellaneous work 62 

Miscellaneous reports 62 

Surveying Division 27 

Lines and grades given, and paving work measured, 1898: 

East Boston and Breed's Island 38 

South Boston 37 

Boston proper 34 

Charlestown 40 

Rosbury 41 

Dorchester 48 

Brighton 54 

West Roxbury 52 

Plans for sewer and brook takings 32 

Plans in Surveying Division 55 

Miscellaneous Work and Construction in 1898 : 

Canal bridge 105 

Columbia road: 

Construction 100 

Filling 100 

Abutments and pier for bridge over N.Y.,N.H. & H. R.R., 100 

Cottage Farm bridge 100 

Congress-street Grade Crossing: 

Abutments and piers 105 

Bulkheads 105 

Draw foundation and piers 106 

Fixed spans 106 

Two retractile draws 106 

Paving 106 

Congress-street sea-wall 106 

Dredging channel 106 

Dorchester-avenue Grade Crossing: 

Abutments of bridges at Boston street, Swett street and 

Dorchester avenue 106 



138 City Document No. 12. 

Miscellaneous Work and Construction in 1898, continued. page 
Dorchester-avenue, Summer-street and Atlantic-avenue ex- 
tensions: 

Sea-wall, Dorchester avenue 106 

Edgestoue and sidewalks 107 

Paving 107 

Dumping wharves for Sanitary Division 100 

East Boston Ferries: 

New drops and tanks 101 

Federal-street bridge widening 107 

Harvard-street bridge over N.E. R.R 101 

Hayes square: 

Curbing and iron fence 108 

Ipswich-street bridge and retaining wall 101 

North-end paving wharf 104 

Roxbury High Fort: 

Grading, step-* and driveway 108 

Swimming Pools: 

Orchard park 108 

Cabot-street bath-house 108 

Voting booths 109 

Warren bridge 104 

West Boston, temporary bridge 109 

Street Department 80 

Beacon street 90 

Brattle street 90 

Brighton street 90 

Bunker Hill street 90 

Commercial street 90 

Hanover street 90 

Haywood place 91 

Kilby street 91 

I'arkman street 91 

Shawmut avenue 91 

Tremont street : 

Boylston to Pleasant 92 

Weston to Hammond 92 

West Broadway 92 

List of streets paved with asphalt 82 

New Streets : 

Belmore terrace 92 

Bernard street 93 

Burt street 93 

Canal street 93 

Carlos street 93 

Chamblet street 93 

Elizabeth street 93 

Fairmount street 94 

Hamilton street 94 

Harold street 94 

Hewins street 94 

Jersey street 94 

Leedsville street 94 

Leroy street 94 

Lonsdale street 95 

Malvern street 95 

Maryland street 95 

Melien street 95 

Merlin street 95 

Nightingale street 95 

North Harvard street 96 

Oakley street 96 

Peverell street 96 

Rosseter street 96 



Engineering Department. 139 

New Streets, continued. page 

Ruggles street 96 

St. Stephen street 96 

Spencer street 97 

Stuart street 97 

Telford street 97 

Tonawanda street 97 

Vancouver street 97 

Waterlow street 97 

Public Alley No. 437 98 

Grading street railway tracks: 

Boston Elevated Railway Co 99 

W. Roxbury and Roslindale Street Railway Co 99 

Newtonville and Watertown Street Railway Co 99 

Surveys, plans and estimates : 

Miscellaneous streets 99 

Water Works • 67 

Corrosion of pipes by electrolysis 69 

Distribution 67 

Salt water fire system 73 

Table showing the average monthly and yearly heights in 
feet above city base to which water would 
rise at different stations on the Boston 

Water Works 76 

" " operations at West Roxbury pumping-station 

for 1898 78 

" " operations at East Boston pumping-station 

for 1898.. 77 

" " monthly rainfall in inches during 1898 at vari- 
ous places in Eastern Massachusetts 79 

General statistics 75 

City Engineers, 1850-1898 Ill 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 

Waterworks: Electrical survey of the City of Boston, diagrams 

showing outline of street railway tracks 70 

Water Works: Table sliowing results of salt water fire-pipe test, 

November 13, 1898 74 



APPENDICES. 



Appendix A. — Table showing the widths of openings for vessels 

in all bridges provided with draws 112 

B. — Table of accident and other plans made for the 

Law Department 114 

C. — Table of surveys, plans and profiles made by 

.Surveying Division. .- 117 

D. — List of Streets where lot frontages have been 

obtained for Sewer Division, Street Depart- 
ment, for sewer assessments 129 

E. — Engineering Department property schedule 131 

F. — Elevations referred to Boston City base 132 

G. — Engineering Department annual I'eports, 1867- 

1898 133