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ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 



THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

CITY ENGINEER 

BOSTON 

FOR THE YEAR 1904 



Compliments of 



City Engineer. 



BOSTON 

MUNICIPAL Printing Office 

1905 



ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 



THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REPORT 



CITY ENGINEER 



BOSTON 



FOR THE YEAR 1904 



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BOSTON 

Municipal Printing Office 

1905 



ENGINKEBIN& DEPARTMENT, ClTY HaLL, 

Boston, February 1, 1905. 

Hon. Patrick A. Collins, 

Mayor of the City of Boston : 

Sir, — The following report of the expenses and operation 
of this department for the year ending January 31, 1905, is 
submitted : 

The duties of the City Engineer include the designing and 
superintending of the consa-iiction of new bridges, retaining 
walls, city wharves, and such other public engineering works 
as the City Council may authorize; the making of such sur- 
vey, 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 following is a statement of engineering expenses from 
February 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905: 

Amoimt of department appropriation for 1904- 

1905 $80,000 00 

Amount expended for 1904-1905 .... 79,667 47 



Unexpended balance . . . . . . $332 53 



City Document No. 15. 



Statement of Expenditukes, Department Appropriations. 
(Auditor's Report, page 62.) 
Salaries : 

Engineer, William Jackson . $6,000 00 

Assistant Engineer, draughtsmen 
and assistants 



Travelling expenses . 

Instruments, tools and repairs 

Printing .... 

Stationery 

Telephone service . 

Horse-keeping . 

Books and papers 

Blue printing and photographin 

Washing and small supplies 

Binding and plans 

Eent of oflace . 

Furniture and office expenses 

Messenger service 

Typewriting 

Carting .... 

Total .... 



65,818 7 



$71,818 75 

2,022 62 

1,508 66 

1,485 62 

556 11 

499 79 

422 00 

353 26 

266 45 

249 55 

185 39 

166 65 

128 03 

31 55 

17 50 

5 54 

$79,667 47 



Abolishment of Gtrade Crossings 
Austin Street — Charlestown. 
Expenditures from February 1, 1904, to Januaiy 31, 1905 : 
Item of expenditure : 

Land damages $12,847 49 



JBlue Hill Avenue and Oakland Street. 
Expenditures from February 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 
Items of expenditure : 

Land damages . . . $29,308 50 

Appraisal services . 

Auditing .... 

Expended previous to 1904 



3,506 
80 


60 
48 


$32,895 
78,985 


58 
54 


• 


• 




$111,881 


12 



Engineering Department. 3 

Cambridge and Perkins Streets — Charlestown. 

Expenditures from February 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 : 

Item of expenditure : 

Land damages ...... $2,175 00 

Expended previous to 1904 . . . . . 73,425 15 



$75,600 15 

Congress Street. 
Expenditures from February 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 : 
Items of expenditure : 

Appraisal services . . . . $100 00 

Auditing 79 28 

$179 28 

Expended previous to 1904 .... 1,230,610 27 



,230,789 55 



Dorchester Avenue. 
Expenditures from February 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 : 
Items of expenditure : 



Land damages 

Appraisal services . 

Auditing .... 


. $681 43 

491 15 

83 70 


Expended previous to 1904 . 


. 997,775 76 


Cr. sale of land and buildings 


$999,032 04 
978 09 




$998,053 95 



Atlantic Avenue Bridge. 

Expenditures from February 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 

Items of expenditure : 

Engineering and inspection . $9,304 11 

PierO 5,810 65 



Carried forward . . . $15,11476 



City Document No. 15. 



Brought forward . 
Setting pier blocks . 
Additional cut granite 
Six piers .... 
Printing stock for blue prints 
Boston approach 
Advertising 
Printing .... 

Expended previous to 1904 . 



$15,114 76 




1,675 82 




1,400 00 




749 11 




247 80 




142 85 




84 46 




51 32 






$19,466 12 




. 


210,950 74 



$230,416 86 



Broadway Bridge, Rebuilding. 



Appropriation 

Expenditures from February 1, 

31, 1905: 
Items of expenditure : 

Bridge superstructure 

Flooring . 

Paving blocks . 

Engineering and inspection 

Sidewalks 

Temporary bridge 

Iron fence — South Boston end 

Boston approach 

Gates and posts for draw 

Fender pier — south side 

Hard-pine timber 

Fence over Lehigh street 

Safety treads . 

Printing . 

Waterprooiing . 

Roofing house on bridge 

Bolting steel plates on girders 

Advertisins; 



Expended previous to 1904 



Balance February 1, 1905 



1904, to January 



$14,929 34 

14,332 75 

9,163 85 

6,320 72 

4,858 87 

2,143 58 

1,985 00 

1,756 82 

1,350 00 

913 79 

867 61 

235 00 

198 34 

184 06 

152 94 

135 00 

48 82 

48 60 



$59,625 09 
270,702 65 



Malden Bridge. 
Expended previous to 1904 . 



$370,000 00 



330,327 


74 


$39,672 


26 


$136,991 


93 



Engineering Department. 

Northern Avenue and Sleeper Street. 

Expenditures from May 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 

Items of expenditure : 

Engineering .... $2,765 60 

Borings 724 14 

Rent of office .... 271 48 

Advertisins .... 8 50 



$3,769 72 



Shawmut Avenue Bridge. 
Expenditures from Fejbruaify 1, 1904, to January 31, 1905 



Items of expenditure : 




Bridge superstructure 


$11,966 97 


Paving ..... 


3,047 66 


Engineering and inspection 


2,391 64 


North and soutti parapet stones. 


1,344 94 


Iron railing .... 


513 76 


Printing ..... 


69 41 


Advertising .... 


36 24 



$19,370 62 



Bridges. 



The annual inspection of all highway and foot-bridges has 
been made, together with special examinations when notiiied 
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 has charge of 
the following eight bridges, viz. : Cambridge street, Canal, 
Essex street, Harvard, North Harvard street, Prison Point, 
West Boston, and Western avenue to Cambridge ; one-half 
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 S qpported by Boston. 

Agassiz road, in the Fens. 

Allston bridge, over Boston & Albany Railroad, Brighton. 
Arborway bridge, in Arborway, over Stony brook. 
Ashland street, over Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 
R.R., West Roxbmy. 



6 City Document No. 15. 

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. 

Bennington street, over Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn 

Railroad. 
Berkeley street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 
Bernier-street foot-bridge, in the River way. 
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, over Muddy river, in the Riverway. 

* Broadway, over Fort Point channel. 
Broadway, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 
Brookline avenue, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 
Brooks street, over Brooks street, Brighton. 

Byron street, over Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad. 

* Castle Island foot-bridge, from Marine park. South Boston, 

to Castle Island. 
Charlesgate, over Boston & Albany Railroad, in the Fens. 
Charlesgate, over Ipswich street, in the Fens. 

* Charlestown bridge, from Boston to Charlestown. 

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

* Chelsea street, from East Boston to Chelsea. 
Circuit drive, over Scarboro' pond, in Franklin park. 
Columbia road, over Old Colony Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 

R.R. 
Columbia road, over Shoreham street. 
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 & Albany 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. 

* Dorchester avenue, over Fort Point channel. 

* Dover street, over Fort Point channel. 
Ellicott arch, in Franklin park. 

Fen bridge, in the Fens. 



Engineering Department. 7 

Ferdinand street, over Boston & Albany Railroad. 
Forest Hills entrance, in Franklin park. 
Gainsborough-street foot-bridge, over Providence Division, 

N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 
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. 
Linden Park street, over Stony brook. 

* Maiden 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 Railroad. 
Newton street, over Providence Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 

R.R, 
Public Garden foot-bridge. 
Scarboro'-poncl foot-bridge, in Franklin park. 
Shawmut avenue, over Boston & Albany Railroad and 

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

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

& H. R.R. 
Stony brook, in the Fens. 
Summer street, over A street. 
Summer street, over B street. 
Summer street, over C street. 
*Summer street, over Fort Point channel. 

* Warren bridge, Boston to Charlestown. 

West Rutland-square foot-bridge, over Providence Division, 

N. Y, N. H. & H. R.R. 
Winthrop, from Breed's Island to Winthrop. 
Wood Island park foot-bridge, over Boston, Revere Beach & 

Lynn Railroad, 

II. — Bridges of which Boston Supports the Part 
Within its Leviits. 

Bellevue street, over Muddy river, in the River way. 
Bernier-street foot-bridge, over Muddy river, in the River- 
way. 



8 City Document No. 16. 

Brookline avenue, over Muddy river, in the Riverway. 

Central avenue, from Dorchester to Milton. 

*Chelsea bridge. North, over North channel. Mystic river. 

*Granite bridge, from Dorchester to Milton. 

Huntington avenue, over Muddy river, in the Riverway. 

Loiigwood avenue, over Muddy river, in the Riverway, and 

over Boston & Albany Railroad. 
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. 

* Western avenue, from Brighton to Watertown. 

III. — BRiD(3tES OF Which Boston Pays a Part of the 
Cost of Maintenance. 

Albany street, over Boston and Albany Railroad freight 

tracks. 
Asbmont street and Dorchester avenue, over Old Colony 

Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 
Blue Hill avenue, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 

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

H. R.R 
*Cambridge street, from Brighton to Cambridge, 
Cambridge street, over Boston & Maine and Boston & 

Albany Railroads. 
*Canal bridge, from Boston to Cambridge. 
Chelsea Bridge, over the Boston & Maine Railroad. 
Dorchester avenue, 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. 
Norfolk street, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 

R.R., Dorchester. 

* North Harvard street, from Brighton to Cambridge. 
Oakland street, over Midland Division, N. Y., N. H. & H. 

R.R., Mattapan. 
Perkins street, over Boston & Maine and Boston & Albany 
Railroads. 

* Prison Point bridge, Charlestown to Cambridge. 
Southampton street, over Old Colonv Division, N. Y., N. H. 

& H. R.R. 



EXGINEEEING DEPARTMENT. 9 

Summer street, over freight tracks, N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 

* West Boston temporary bridge, from Boston to Cambridge. 
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 Corpobations. 

1st. — Boston ^ Albany R.R. 

Albany street, over passenger tracks. 
Harrison avenue. 
Market street, Brighton. 
Tremont street. 
Washington street. 

2d. — Boston tf Maine and Boston tf Albany Railroads. 

Main street. 
Mystic avenue. 

Sd. — Boston ^ 3Iaine R.R., Eastern Division. 
Wauwatosa avenue, East Boston. 

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

oth. — Neic York, Neiv Haven cf Hartford R.R., Midland 

Division. 

Broadway. 

Dorchester avenue. 

Fifth street. 

Fourth street. 

Morton street, Dorchester. 

Norfolk street, near Dorchester station. 

Second street. 

Silver street. 

Sixth street. 

Third street. 

Washington street, Dorchester. 

6th. — Neiv Yorky New Haven ^ Hartford R.R., Old Colony 

Division. 

Adams street. 

Cedar Grove Cemetery. 



10 City Document No. 15. 

Freeport street. 
Medway street. 
Savin Hill avenue. 

7th. — New York, Neiv ITaveri ^ Hartford R.R.^ Providence 

Division. 

Albany street. 

Beech street, West Koxbury. 

Belle vue street, West Roxbury. 

Berkeley street. 

Broadway. 

Canterbury street, West Roxbury. 

Castle square. 

Centre and Mt. Vernon streets. West Roxbury. 

Columbus avenue. 

Dartmouth street. 

Dudley avenue, West Roxbury. 

Harrison avenue. 

Park street, West Roxbury. 

Washington street. 

V. — Bridge Supported by the Metropolitan Park 

Commission. 

Mattapan bridge, Dorchester to Mil'ton. 

Recapitulation of Bridges. 

I. Number wholly supported by Boston . . 74 

n. Number of which Boston supports that part 

within its limits . . . . . . 13 

III. Number of which Boston pays a part of the 

cost of maintenance ..... 23 

IV. Number supported by railrord corporations : 

1. Boston & Albany Railroad .... 5 

2. Boston & Maine and Boston & Albany Railroads, 2 

3. Boston & Maine, Eastern Division ... 1 

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

5. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Midland Division . . 11 

6. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Old Colony Division . 5 

7. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., Providence Division . 14 
V. Number supported by the Metropolitan Park 

Commission ...... 1 

Total 150 



Engineering Department. 11 

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.R. Freight 

Tracks). 

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. With exception of the rail- 
ings, the bridge is in fair condition. The railings are so 
badly rusted in places that the}^ do not afford the protection 
to travel that should be given. 

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

This is an iron bridge, built in 1892. The ironwork under 
the flooring needs painting, and some of the woodwork around 
the trusses should be renewed. 

Arborway Bridge (over Stony brook, in Arborway, 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 main- 
tained by the Park Department. It is in good condition. 

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

The present structure is of iron, and was built in 1875. 
In October, 1903, the lower planking and such of the string- 
ers as were found to be poor were renewed. With the 
exception of one of the fences, which should be painted, the 
bridge is now in good condition. 

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

This is a wooden bridge, formerly maintained by the rail- 
road company. It was lengthened on the Boston side in 
1895, and now the city maintains 75 feet of the northerly 
part. The sidewalk and some of the deck planking has been 
repaired ; the decking should be renewed and the fence 
painted. 



12 City Document No. 15. 

Athens-street Bridge (over Midland Division, New York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.}. 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1871. The fences should 
be repaired and painted. 

Auduhon-road Bridge {over the Boston ^ Albany R.R.^. 

This is a steel plate girder bridge, built in 1893-94, and 
is maintained by the Park Department. The sidewalk 
planking is in poor condition and should be renewed, and 
the ironwork over the main tracks should be painted. 

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

This bridge was built in 1880-81, and had, up to 1901, a 
wooden floor for the roadway. At the latter date a new 
floor was built, consisting of 18-inch steel I-bearas encased in 
Portland cement concrete and the roadway was paved with 
hard-pine blocks, treated by the creo-resinate process. The 
bridge is now in good condition. 

Beaco7i-street Bridge (over Boston <f 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. 

As reported last year, the ironwork below the floor is very 
rusty and should be painted. The sidewalk planking is 
poor, and the wooden fascias should be repaired. 

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. 

Bennington-street Bridge (over Boston, Revere Beach ^ 

Lynn R.R.). 

This bridge is made up of two independent parts ; the old 
part is of iron, built in 1889 ; the new part is of steel, built 
in 1902. The bridge is in good condition. 

BerJceley-street Bridge (over Boston ^ Albany R.R. and 
Providence Division, N.Y., NH. ^ H. R.R.). 

The bridge over the tracks of the Boston & Albany Rail- 
road, which is maintained by the city, was originally built 



Engineering Department. 13 

for the Boston Water Power Company, and accepted by the 
city in 1869. The present structure over these tracks is a 
through plate girder bridge, and was built in 1891. It is now 
in good condition, except the lower planking, which should 
be renewed when the bridge is sheathed. 

The bridge over the tracks of the N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 
was built in 1899, and is maintained by that company. 

Bernier-street Foot-hridge (over Bridle Path in Riverivay'). 

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. 

Berwick 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. With the ex- 
ception of risers on the stairs, which should be painted, the 
bridge is in good condition. 

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

This is an iron bridge, built in 1881-82. New sidcAvalk 
planking has been laid during the year. The bridge should 
be painted and the fascias repaired. 

Blue Hill-avenue Bridge (overMidland Division, New York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 

This is a steel bridge built by the New York, New Haven 
& Hartford R.R. in 1903, and is over the railroad location. 
The surface of the bridge is maintained by the city, the 
remainder by the railroad company ; it is in good condition. 

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

This is a wooden bridge, built is 1889. This bridge is in 
poor condition, and should be rebuilt. 



14 City Document No. 15. 

Boston-street Bridge (^over Old Colony Division^ New York, 
New Haven S^ Hartford B.R.^. 

This is a plate girder bridge, built in 1900, in connection 
with the abolishment of the grade crossing on Dorchester 
avenue. The surface of the bridge is maintained by the 
city, and the rest of the structure by the railroad company. 
The bridge should be painted ; otherwise it is in good condi- 
tion. 

Boylston-street Arch Bridge (in the Fens). 

This is a stone arch bridge, built in 1881. It is in good 
condition, with exception of coping, which should be 
repointed. 

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

This is an iron bridge, built in 1886-88. The railings 
have been painted and the sidewalks repaired during the 
year. 

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

This 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 bridge has been rebuilt except the draw and its founda- 
tion, and was opened to travel September 21, 1904. The draw 
and its foundation were rebuilt in 1874-75; the stringers on 
the draw were renewed in 1896 and the deck planking last 
year. 

(See page 76.) 

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

The old bridge, built in 1880-81, was replaced in 1900 by 
the present bridge. The railings should be cleaned and 
painted at once even if the rest of the structure is not painted, 
for the reason that the metal is thin and unless it is well 
protected will rust out in a very few years. The under por- 
tions of the bridge also need painting to protect them. 



Engineering Department. 15 

BrooMine-avenue Bridge (over Boston ^- Alhayiy R.R.'). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1884. The under-planking 
is in poor condition and the ironwork below the floor is badly 
rusted. The deck of this bridge should be renewed and the 
ironwork cleaned and painted this year. 

Brookline-avenue Bridge (over Muddy river in the Biverway'). 

This is a semi-circular 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. 

Brooks-street Bridge (near Faneuil Station, Brighton^. 

This is a steel bridge, with a concrete and asphalt floor, 
built in 1902. It is in good condition. 

Byron-street Bridge (over Boston, Revere Beach ^ 

Lynn R.R.^. 

This is a wooden bridge, built in 1889. The lower plank- 
ing has been renewed. The sidewalks and bulkheads at 
ends of bridge need repairing; the curb-stick and curb- 
stringer have begun to decay, and will soon need renewal ; 
the rods in the trussed beams need painting ; the nests built 
by English sparrows among the trussed beams, over the 
tracks, should be removed. 

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 lower planking on the draw has been 
renewed, and some repairs have been made on the decking of 
the main bridge. The planking on the Cambridge pier is 
very poor and needs renewal ; the waterways need replank- 
ing, especially on the Boston side, under the draw, where the 
piling needs additional securing ; the deck planking on the 
Boston side has been repaired in spots many times, and 
should be entirely renewed and additional stringers added. 
One draw-arm on the Cambridge side should be renewed ; 
both abutments need small repairs ; the draw should be 
adjusted, and a boat should be provided. The fender-guards 
need repairing. 



16 City Document No. 15. 

Cambridge-street Bridge (^over Boston ^ Maine and 
Boston ^ Albany Railroads, Charlestown'). 

This is a steel bridge of four spans, built in 1901 by the 
Boston & Maine Railroad. The surface is maintained by the 
city, the remainder by the railroad company. The bridge is 
in good condition. 

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 
was again rebuilt and widened in 1874. The bridge is in 
the care of the Commissioners for the Boston and Cambridge 
Bridges. Only ordinary repairs have been made. 

The bridge is in poor condition and will soon be discon- 
tinued owing to the construction of the Charles River Dam ; 
when the bridge is closed travel will be turned over a tem- 
porary bridge. 

Castle Island Foot-bridge (from Marine Park to Castle 

Island^. 

This is a temporary foot-bridge built in 1892, and is main- 
tained 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 mainland. A small amount of replank- 
ing has been done. Repairs are needed on the fence and 
planking, and the bridge should be painted ; otherwise the 
bridge is in fair condition. 

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. The bridge is in fair 
condition. 

Charlesgate Bridge {over Boston ^ Albany R.R., in the Fens'). 
This is an iron bridge, built in 1881-82, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. 

Charlesgate Bridge {over Ipswich street, in the Fens). 
This is a deck-plate girder bridge with a buckle-plate floor. 
The roadway is paved with asphalt and the sidewalks with 



Engineering Department. 17 

artificial stone. It is in good condition except where the 
artificial stone walk has been torn up over the water pipes. 
This should be restored. 

Charlestozvn Bridge (from Boston to Charlestown). 

This bridge was opened to public travel November 27, 
1899, and superseded the old Charles River bridge, which 
was built in 1785-86. 

The present bridge over the river consists of ten spans of 
the deck-plate type, each 85 feet long, and a swing or turn- 
table draw 240 feet 6 inches long. 

The bridges over Water street and over the railroad tracks 
each consist of two spans of steel I-beams, with brick arches 
turned between the beams. The entire structure is in good 
condition. 

Chelsea Bridge (over Boston cf- 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. July 5 the adjoining- 
wharf and grain elevator were destroyed by fire, and part of 
the sidewalk on the bridge was destroyed and has been 
rebuilt. The wheelguard is too low and narrow and the 
fences need repairing and painting, and the sidewalk plank- 
ing needs repairing ; otherwise the bridge is in good 
condition. 

Chelsea Bridge, North (over North Channel, Mystic river^. 

The city maintains the part within its limits. The original 
structure was built in 1802-03. The piles under the main 
bridge were driven in 1880. The upper part of the bridge, 
the draw and draw foundations were built in 1895. The 
draw- way was widened to 60 feet in 1900, the draw founda- 
tion being enlarged, the draw lengthened, and the draw piers 
built. Ordinary repairs have been made ; the tops of some 
of the old piles have begun to decay; the old fender-guards 
are in poor condition ; some of the sidewalk planking needs 
renewal, and many palings on the fence need straightening; 
otherwise the bridge is in good condition. 

Chelsea Bridge, South (over South Channel, Mystic river"). 

This is a pile bridge with an iron draw. The original 
bridge was built in 1802-03. The piles of the present bridge 



18 City Document No. 15. 

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. The face of the 
pier under the draw has been repaired, and general repairs 
have been made. The fender-guards are in poor condition ; 
the top of the pier should be rebuilt ; the waterway should 
be repaired ; the deck planking and sidewalks on the draw 
should be renewed ; two iron brackets on the draw should 
be repaired, and several pieces of track should be renewed. 

Chelsea-street Bridge (from East 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 decking is in poor condi- 
tion and will soon need renewal ; a new latch and a new 
wheel for operating the adjusting screw should be provided, 
and the draw should be painted. 

Circuit-drive Bridge (over Scarboro'' Pond in Franklin 

Park). 
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. 

Columhia-7'oad Bridge (over Old Colony Division, New York, 
Neui Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 
This is a deck plate girder bridge of two equal spans, one 
over the tracks of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R., and the other 
over Old Colony avenue, and was built in 1902. The 
roadway is paved with Canton brick, cement grout joints 
and laid on hard pine planking. The sidewalks have an 
asphalt wearing surface. The bridge is in good condition. 

Columbia-road Bridge (over Shoreham street). 
This bridge was built in 1902. It is a two-span steel- 
beam structure, with brick and concrete arches turned 
between the beams ; the roadway is paved with Canton brick 
laid with cement grout joints. The sidewalk is of artificial 
stone. It is in good condition. 

Columbus-avenue Bridges (over Boston ^ Albany R.R. and 
Providence Division, Neiv York, Neiv Haven <f Hart- 
ford E.R.). 
The bridge over the Boston & Albany Railroad was built 
in 1876-77, and is maintained by the city. In 1899 the 



Engineering Department. 19 

bridge was shortened 11 feet at its south end, and a pier 
built in place of the old south abutment. 

The sidewalk planking has been patched and the roadway 
sheathed during the year. 

The bridge over the tracks of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. 
was built in 1899, and is maintained by that company. 

Commercial Point or Tenean Bridge (^Dorchester'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge with a wooden leaf draw. 
The piles were driven in 1875. The draw and upper part 
of the bridge was rebuilt in 1901. It is in fair condition. 

Commonwealth-avenue Bridge (in the Fens'), 

This is an iron bridge, and was built in 1881-82. It is in 
good condition, with the exception of the sidewalk planking, 
which should be renewed. It is maintained by the Park 
Department. 

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 1874-75. 
This bridge is now closed to travel. 
(See page 78.) 

Cornwall-street Bridge (over Stony Brook, 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 
exception 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 filled 
between with brick arches and Portland cement concrete, on 
which is a wearing surface of Sicilian rock asphalt. The 
bridge needs painting, otherwise it is in good condition. 

Cottage-street Foot-bridge (over flats. Fast Boston). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, built in 1889, for foot travel 
only. This bridge was partially destroyed by the ice a year 
ago, necessitating its closing. It has not been repaired. 



20 City Document No. 15. 

Dartmouth-street Bridges ^over Boston ^ Albany R.R. and 
Providence I)ivisio7i, New Yorh^ New Haven ^ Hart- 
ford HR.). 

The bridge over the Boston & Albany Railroad was built 
in 1878-79, and is mauatained by the city. Very extensive 
changes were made in this bridge in 1899 by the railroad 
companies, necessitated by the new location of the tracks of 
the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. leading to the South Station and 
the abandoning of the tracks connecting this road with the 
B. & A. R.R. The bridge has been sheathed, and some 
patching done to lower planking. This planking is very 
thin and should be renewed. The bridge over the tracks of 
the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. was built in 1899, and is main- 
tained by the railroad company. 

Dorchester-avenue Bridge (over Fort Point Channel'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a double retractile iron 
draw, and was rebuilt in 1891-92. Some of the sidewalk 
has been resurfaced and general repairs have been made ; the 
planking on the wharves, piers, waterway and the sidewalk 
planking on the draw need patching ; the fences need painting, 
and stiffeners should be placed under the angle-irons which 
support the track stringers ; some of the spur-shores have 
begun to decay, and should be refitted ; the irons on the 
waterway and the ladder should be repaired ; the wreckage 
among the piling should be removed. 

Dorchester-avenue Bridge (over Old Colony Division, Netv 
York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.RS). 

This is a steel bridge, built in 1900, over the new location 
of the N. Y., N. H. & H. R.R. The surface of the bridge is 
maintained by the city and the rest of the structure by the 
railroad company. It needs painting badly ; otherwise it is 
in good condition. 

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. General repairs have been made ; some new track 
is needed for the draw ; the rack should be realigned in order 
that the draw may be reversed; the masonry piers need 



Engineering Department. 21 

repointing. The lower planking on the draw is in poor con- 
dition and needs renewal ; otherwise the bridge is in good 
condition. 

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. 

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 and the adjoining stringers renewed in 1891 ; the 
other woodwork above the piles was renewed and some piles 
of the Boston side were driven in 1896. The bridge is in 
fair condition only, but will soon be rebuilt at a higher grade 
to abolish the grade crossing when, under a legislative act, 
'it will be known as Brookline-street Bridge. 

Everett-street Bridge (over BoUon ^ Albany M.R., Brighton). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1891 by the Boston & 
Albany Railroad Company. The recommendation made in 
these reports for several years past is renewed this year, that 
the ironwork above and below the floor be thoroughly 
cleaned and painted. Some of the woodwork should be re- 
paired, particularly the boxing around the trusses. 

Fen Bridge (in the Fe7is'). 

This bridge was built in 1891-93. It is in good con- 
dition. 

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

This is an iron bridge, built in 1892. In 1899 this bridge 
was shortened about three feet at its southerly end, and the 
old south abutment replaced by a brick pier. As reported 
for the past two years, the lower planking is in a very poor 
conditiQu. It is recommended that this bridge be painted 
and new lower planking put on this year. 

Forest Sills Entrance Bridge (in Franklin Bark). 

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



22 City Document No. 15. 

G-ainsborough-street Foot-bridge {over Providence Division,, 
New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.y 

(See page 69.) 

Grold-street Bridge {over Midland Division, New York, New 
Haven t|- Hartford H.M.^. 

This bridge was built in 1895, replacing a foot-bridge 
which was built in 1890 ; the sidewalk planking should be 
renewed ; the fences should be repaired ; the bridge should 
be painted, and the walls need some pointing ; otherwise the 
bridge is in good condition. 

Granite Bridge {from Dorchester to Milton'). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a wooden leaf draw. 
The city maintains the part within its limits. The bridge 
was originally built in 1837. It is in poor condition, and 
should be rebuilt ; the abutment should be repaired ; the 
piles are much worn ; several of the stringers show consid- 
erable rot ; the sidewalk plank and the planking on the draw 
need renewal, and the tops and sides of the piers are very 
poor. 

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 of the fixed spans was repaired in 1901-02 
and a wooden block paving laid. The roadway of these 
spans is now in good condition, but that of the draw span is 
in very poor condition. The lower planking and stringers 
have not been renewed since the draw was built in 1 891, 
and they are now very rotten. In the report made a year 
ago it was stated that "unless a new deck is put on at once 
it will be necessary to have it carefully watched and repairs 
made as soon as signs of breaking through appears. " The 
conditions remain the same now. The asphalt sidewalks, 
which have been reported for a number of years to be in very 
poor condition, have grown much worse, and should be no 
longer tolerated on a bridge having so much foot travel. 
The railings are very rusty and should be cleaned and 
painted. 



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Harvard-street Bridge (over Midland Division Neiv York^ 
New Haven ^ Hartford M.R., Dorchester'). 

This is a new steel bridge, replacing a wooden stringer 
bridge, and was built under an agreement between the City 
and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad 
Company. 

( See page 69.) 

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

This is an iron bridge. It was built in 1872, and in 
1876-77 the abutments were rebuilt and the bridge widened 
by the addition of two new girders. In 1896, in conse- 
quence of changes in the grade of the avenue, the floor was 
entirely rebuilt and new girders added for supporting the 
water pipes. During the past year the bridge was stripped, 
cleaned and painted. A new deck was also put on. The 
bridge is now in a fair condition for so old a structure. 

Huntington-avenue Bridge (over 3Iuddy 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. 

Ipswich-street Bridge (over Waterivay in the Fens). 

The bridge was built in 1898, and is in good condition 
excepting the railings, which should be painted. 

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

This is an iron foot-bridge, and was built in 1892. The 
planking is thin, but otherwise the bridge is in good condi- 
tion. 

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

This is a wooden pile bridge with an iron retractile draw. 
It was built in 1892. A new 4-inch deck has been put on 
the draw, and the lower part of the draw has been painted ; 
some of the piling iiithe fender-guard and under the 6-foot 
walk needs renewal ; one of the sidewalks on the draw 
should be replanked, and part of the walk near the South 
Boston end should be resurfaced ; the planking on the water- 
ways and pier needs patching.- 



24 City Document No. 15. 

Leverett Pond Foot-bridge (in Lever ett 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. 

Linden Park-street Bridge (over Stony Brook}. 

This is a wooden bridge, built in 1887. The bridge is in 
fair condition. 

Longwood-Avenue Bridge (over Muddy River and Boston 
^ Albany R.R.}. 

The original wooden structure was built in 1857, and 
rebuilt in 1877. The present masonry arches were erected 
in 1899 by the Park Departments of Boston and Brookline, 
and are maintained jointly by them. 

Maiden Bridge (from Charlestotvn to Everett}. 

This is a wooden pile bridge with a retractile steel draw, 
and was rebuilt in 1900-01. The upper part of the draw 
has been painted with red lead, and ordinary repairs have 
been made ; the bridge should be painted, and about 50 feet 
of fence should be built on the wing of the abutment at the 
Oharlestown end. Otherwise it is in good condition. 

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, although they have been painted during the 
past year, are still in poor condition. New sidewalks have 
been built during the year and some new decking put down. 

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

This is an iron bridge, built in 1876. The woodwork was 
renewed in 1901, and the ironwork cleaned and painted. 
The planking on both sidewalks is very thin and should be 
renewed. The whole bridge should be cleaned and painted. 

Mattapan Bridge (from Dorchester to Milton}. 

This is a three-arch bridge of Melan construction, with 
granite facing. It was built in 1902 by the Metropolitan 
Park Commission, and is maintained by it. The arches are 



Engineering Department. 25 

semi-circular, two spans being 14 feet and one 50 feet; the 
bridge has one 56-foot roadway and two 12-foot sidewalks. 
It is in good condition. 

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 bridge needs general repairing ; the caps should be 
rebolted to the piles ; some of the curb stringers, and 
stringers at the Boston end of the channel and the tops of 
some piles are somewhat decayed and need strengthening; 
the roadway planking has begun to decay, some fence posts 
are badly split ; the waterway, the planking on the pier and 
wharf, the fascia on the sidewalk and the painting are in poor 
condition ; the draw should be set up and some of the upper 
angle blocks need renewing; the track is much worn. 

Milton Bridge (^from Dorchester to Milton). 

The city maintains the part within its limits. The original 
structure is very old. It was widened in 1871-72. The 
older part of this bridge was built of stone, and the widening 
is an iron structure on stone columns. The westerly side- 
walk was rebuilt on new iron girders and floor beams in 
1900. The bridge should be pamted, and the sidewalk 
planking on the down-stream side of the bridge should be 
renewed in part; one of the cap-stones over the fu'st water- 
way 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. The draw-way of the 
South Boston channel has been widened to 50 feet, as 
ordered by the Secretary of War; no additional work has 
been done or this bridge, and it has been closed to travel 
since early summer. 

(See page 80.) 

Neponset Bridge (from Dorchester to Quincy). 

The city maintains the part within 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 



26 City Document No. 15. 

replaced by a turn-table draw. General repairs have been 
made. The bridge needs general overhauling. The up- 
stream draw-arm is bent and should be repaired ; the down- 
stream pier and fender-guards need extensive repairs ; the 
blocking, hinges, planking, stringers near the gudgeons and 
gears, the decking of the draw, the sidewalk planking, and 
the bearing-plate at the abutment are in poor condition, and 
should be renewed. 

Neptune-road Bridge (^over Boston^ Revere Beach ^ Lynn 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1887-88, and is maintained 
by the Park Department. The roadway planking should be 
renewed ; otherwise the bridge is in good condition. 

Newton-street Bridge (over Providence Division, Neiv York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.). 

This is an iron bridge, built in 1872. It was cleaned and 
painted in 1902 and a new deck put on. The fences are 
poor, but otherwise the bridge is in a good condition for so 
old a structure. 

Norfolk-street Bridge (over Midland Division, Neiv York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford R.R., near Mattapan Station^. 

This is a through lattice girder bridge, and was built by 
the railroad company in 1902. 

The surface of the bridge is maintained by the city, and 
the rest of the structure by the railroad company. The 
bridge is in good condition. 

North Beacon-street Bridge (from Brighto7i 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 sidewalk has been replanked ; the bridge is in poor con- 
dition ; the draw planking, three draw-arms, and some of 
the adjoining stringers should be renewed ; the draw pier is 
in very poor condition, and the upper part should be rebuilt, 
and many of the piles in the bridge have begun to decay. 

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

This bridge was originally built in 1662, and was rebuilt, 
except the piling, in 1879; the draw was built in 1891. 



Engineering Department. 27 

The bridge is in the care of the Commissioners for the Bos- 
ton and Cambridge Bridges; the city pays one-half the cost 
of maintenance. The bridge is in poor condition, and should 
be rebuilt and replaced by a wider structure, more in keep- 
ing with the improvements recently made in the vicinity. 

Oakland-street Bridge (over Midland Division^ New York, 
New Haven ^ Hartford M.R.}. 

This is a new steel plate girder bridge, built by the railroad 
company in 1902 under the decree of the Superior Court 
abolishing the grade crossing at this point. The surface of 
the bridge is maintained by the city and the rest of the 
structure by the railroad company. It is in good condition. 

Perkins-street Foot-hridge (over the Boston ^ Maine R.B. 
and Boston ^ Albany R.R. in Charlestown'). 

This bridge was built in 1900, and opened to travel Feb- 
ruary 2, 1901 ; it has two spans of wooden stringers and one 
of steel Pratt trusses. The surface is maintained by the city, 
the rest of the structure by the railroad companies. It is in 
good condition. 

Prison-point Bridge (from Charlestown to Cambridge). 

This bridge was originally built in 1833, and was rebuilt 
in 1876-77. The operation of the draw is in the care of the 
Commissioners for the Boston and Cambridge Bridges, the 
city paying one-half the cost. 

This bridge is to be replaced by a new one to be built at a 
higher grade to abolish the numerous grade crossings, the 
work to be done by the Boston & Maine R.R. The Charles- 
town end of the new bridge is partially built, and a temporary 
wooden bridge connects the new work with the Cambridge 
end, and is kept in repair by the Boston and Maine Railroad. 

No work of importance has been done on the permanent 
structure during the past year. 

Public Garden Foot-bridge. 

This is an iron bridge. It was built in 1867, and is 
now in good condition. 

Scarboro" 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. 



28 City Document No. 15. 

Shmvmut-avenue Bridge {over Boston ^ Albany R.R. and 
Providence Bivision, New York, New Haven ^ Hartford 
B.Pt.) 

The original bridge built in 1871 has been removed and a 
new through plate girder bridge built during the past year. 
(See page 80.) 

Southampton-street Bridges (^over South Bay Sluices^. 

These are wooden bridges, built in 1875 as temporary 
structures ; sidewalk bulkheads and roadway bulkheads are in 
poor condition and should be renewed; the wing bulkheads 
are also in poor condition ; the sidewalk planking needs 
repairing; the roadway planking on the westerly bridge needs 
renewal in part, and additional braces are needed on both 
bridges. 

Southampton-street Bridge Q over Old Colony Bivision, New 
York, New Haven ^ Hartford B.R.). 

This is a steel plate girder bridge, built in 1901-02. The 
surface is maintained by the city, the rest of the structure by 
the railroad company. The bridge should be painted ; other- 
wise it is in good condition. 

Spring-street Bridge (^from West Roxhury to Bedham'). 

This is a stone bridge. The city maintains the part 
within its limits. The piers and arches have been pointed 
during the j'^ear, and granite copings, surmounted by iron 
railings, have been built on both sides of the bridge for the 
length supported by the City of Boston. 

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 Depart- 
ment. It is in good condition. 

Summer-street Bridges {over A, B and O streets). 

These bridges were built in connection with the abolition 
of the grade crossing on Congress street, and were opened to 
travel in 1900. The bridge over A street is a steel deck 
plate girder structure, with a paved roadway of granite blocks 
and asphalt sidewalks. 



Engineering Department. 29 

The bridge over B street is a through plate girder struct- 
ure, with a paved roadway of granite blocks and asphalt side- 
walks. 

The bridge over C street is a two-span steel-beara struct- 
ure, with brick and concrete arches turned between the beams ; 
the roadway is paved with granite blocks and the sidewalks 
with asphalt. 

These bridges are all in good condition except the railings, 
which should be painted on all the bridges. The stairway 
leading down to B street should also be painted. 

Summer-street Bridge (over Fort Point Channel). 

This bridge was built in 1899-1900, in connection with 
the abolition of the grade crossing on Congress street. It is 
a four-span deck plate girder bridge, resting on masonry 
piers, with two retractile draws, over a 50-foot channel- way. 
The roadway of the fixed spans has a granite block paving, 
and the sidewalks have asphalt wearing surfaces. The whole 
structure is in good condition, but should be painted during 
the year. 

Summer-street Bridge (over New York, New Haven ^ 
Hartford Railroad Freight Tracks). 

This bridge was built in 1900, in connection with the 
abolition of the grade crossing on Congress street, and is 
maintained by the city and the railroad company, the former 
maintaining the wearing surface and the latter maintaining 
the rest of the structure. It has four spans, consisting of 
three through trusses each, and has a granite-paved roadway 
and asphalt sidewalks. It is in good condition except the 
railings, which are badly rusted and should be painted. 

Warr e7i Bridge (from Boston to Charlestown). 

This is a wooden pile bridge, with a double retractile iron 
draw. The present structure was built in 1883-84. Some 
of the piles under the wharf are broken ; the fender-guards 
are in poor condition ; the paving on the Charlestown end of 
the bridge, planking on the waterway and in the draw pit, 
the piling at two corners of the waterway and the tail track 
timber need repairing ; the landing shoes should be reset ; the 
sidewalk on the westerly side of the bridge, city end, should 
be extended about twenty feet, and the easterly sidewalk, 
city end, should be repaired ; the curb on the draw should 
be realigned, and some of the fence posts need renewal. 



30 City Document No. 15. 

West Boston Temporary Bridge {from Boston to Cambridge^. 

This bridge was built in 1898-99 to accommodate the 
travel using West Boston bridge till the Cambridge bridge 
should be built; the city pays one-half the cost of mainte- 
nance. This bridge is provided with two draws ; the easterly 
one has been in use till last May, when the westerly draw 
was put in commission, and the water travel was carried by 
the new channel through this draw- way and the use of the 
easterly draw-way discontinued. 

October 5 a fire started under the bridge and burned the 
top work, necessitating the rebuilding of about 182 feet; the 
piles were burned down part way and were recapped at a 
lower level, and the upper part of the bridge was built on 
these. 

Considerable part of the lower planking has been renewed; 
the remainder is in poor condition and needs renewal in 
part. 

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 Foundry 
street. The surface is maintained by the city, the rest of the 
structure by the railroad company. The deck planking has 
been renewed. The planking around the middle trusses 
needs renewal and the bridge needs painting. 

West Rutland-square Foot-bridge (over Providence Bivisioti, 
New York, New Haven ^ Hartford R.R.'). 

This is an iron foot-bridge, built in 1882. It is now in 
good condition with the exception of the stair treads, which 
are badly worn. 

Western-avenue Bridge (fi'om 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. About half the deck planking on the Boston 
end of the bridge has been renewed, some fencing has been 
rebuilt, and the draw has been adjusted. The Cambridge 
end of the bridge is in fair condition, the Boston end in 



Engineering Department. 31 

rather poor condition, some of the piles and stringers need- 
ing renewal ; the piers and waterways need repairing. 

Western-avenue Bridge (Brighton to Watertoivn'). 

The city maintains the part within its limits. This is a 
wooden pile bridge, with an iron draw, and was rebuilt in 
1892-93. Only minor repairs have been made; the Boston 
end of the draw should be raised: the draw and its bearinors 
should also be adjusted ; the planking and capsills on the 
piers and along the waterways should be repaired ; some of 
the spurshores are broken and should be refitted ; the deck 
planking on draw and main bridge needs renewal, and the 
bridge needs painting; some of the piles in the fender-guard 
are in poor condition. 

Winthrop Bridge {from Breed's Island to Winthrop^. 

This is a pile bridge without a draw. It was originally 
built in 1889 ; it was rebuilt in 1851, and was extensively 
repaired in 1870. The abutment at the Winthrop end needs 
pinning up, as there has been some settlement ; a few of the 
outside bolsters are not in good condition ; otherwise the 
bridge is in fair condition. 

Wood Island Park Foot-bridge. 

This is a steel foot-bridge, built in 1898-99, and connects 
Prescott street. East Boston, ^vith Wood Island Park, span- 
ning the tracks of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn R.R. 
The walls need pointing and the bridge should be painted. 

Bridges ivholly Supported by Railroad Corporations. 

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



32 City Document No. 15. 



SURVEYING DIVISION. 



The work of the Surveying Division during the past year 
has consisted of the making of such surveys and plans as 
have been required by the several city departments, and 
giving lines and grades of public streets when requested by 
abutters intending to build. 

One hundred and twelve petitions requesting that catch- 
basins should be constructed were reported upon to the 
Sewer Division. 

Catch-basin locations were furnished the Sewer Division 
for seventeen streets advertised to be regulated by the 
Superintendent of Streets. 

On request of the Sewer Division, ninety plans of streets 
showing proposed locations of future catch-basins were fur- 
nished. 

Catch-basin locations were furnished the Sewer Division 
of two streets which it was proposed to lay out, widen or 
extend. 

Two hundred and forty-seven catch-basins were staked 
out, and duplicate sketches, showing the locations and ties, 
were sent to the Sewer Division. 

One hundred and sixty-six plans of underground pipes, 
conduits, etc., were examined, and proposed future catch- 
basins located for the Permit Division. 

One hundred and sixty-three notices of contracts to lay 
artificial stone sidewalks were received and reported upon to 
the Paving Division. 

In forty-eight cases the Paving Division was notified that 
the existing edgestone should be reset, preparatory to the 
laying of artificial stone. 

Nineteen petitions to make sidewalk openings were 
received from the Paving Division and reported upon. 

Seventy-nine requests for edgestone were examined, and 
amount of curb required reported to the Paving Division. 

Grade heights were furnished Engineers and Architects 
on twenty-two estates. 

f: Twenty-six plans of streets were made for sidewalk 
assessments on request of the Paving Division. Data was 
also furnished the Paving Division for sidewalk assessment 
on eleven estates. 



Engineering Department. 33 

Estimates for grade, land and building damages, and cost 
of construction were furnished the Street Commissioners on 
six streets. 

The lines and grades of the following seven streets, for 
which the Street Commissioners were petitioned for author- 
ity to open as private ways, weje examined and reported upon : 

Asticou street^ ^Yest Roxbury. Walk Hill street to South street. 

Chocorua street^ West Roxbury. From Walk Hill street, south- 
westerly. 

Doris-street extension^ Dorchester. Dorchester avenue to Gard- 
ner avenue. 

Gregg street^ West Roxbury. Northerly from Pond sti'eet, at 
juuction of Arborway. 

Nay street^ East Boston. Leading easterly from Meridian street. 

Qicincefield street, Dorchester. Humphreys street to Wendover 
street. 

JJlmer-street extension, Roxbury. Arklow street to Centre street. 

Estimates of grade, land and building damages and cost of 
construction were furnished on the following streets : 

Belgrade-avenue extension, West Roxbury. Anawan avenue 

to Beech street. 
Harvard avenue, Brighton. Brighton avenue to Commonwealth 

avenue. 
Rogers avenue, Roxbury. Huntington avenue to Ruggles street. 
Temple street. West Roxbury. Centre street to Ivory street. 
Washington street, West Roxbury. Metropohtan avenue to the 

Dedham line. 
Way street, city proper. Harrison avenue to Albany street. 

Twenty-seven plans and profiles, representing a total length 
of four and one-half miles, showing buildings, property own- 
ers' 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, the 
more important of which were Norwood street, Dorchester, 
from Freeport street to Walnut street, and Centre street. 
West Roxbury, from Walter street to Spring street. 

Two plans have been made for the Schoolhouse Commis- 
sion of property to be taken for school purposes, in Rox- 
bury, as follows, viz. : Worthington street, Huntington 
avenue and Tremont entrance to Back Bay Fens, for the 
Normal and other schools ; and a site on Perrin street, for a 
new school. 

A plan was made for the Park Department for the purpose 



34 



City Document No. 15. 



of making an exchange of land between the City of Boston 
and Harvard College, at Soldiers' Field. 

Plans of Long Island, Deer Island and Rainsford Island 
were made for the Statistics Department for the purpose of 
exhibition at the St. Louis Fair. 

A large amount of work has been done by the division, 
occasioned by the grade crossing abolishment in East Boston. 
The surveys in connection with this work, which have been 
very extensive, are now completed, and the detailed plans 
are in the hands of the draughtsmen. 

The following list gives the number of orders attended to 
for property owners, builders, and the various city depart- 
ments, from February 1, 1904, to February 1, 1905: 



Street lines given . 




. 








437 


Street grades given 








222 


Street Department, Paving Division 








1,425 


Street Department, Sewer Division 








507 


Buildings Department 








110 


Public Buildings Department . 










16 


Public Grrounds Department 










1 


Law Department 










138 


Street Commissioners 












66 


Engineering Department 












139 


Park Department 












8 


Board of Health 












4 


Police Department . 












8 


Cemetery Department 












13 


Schoolhouse Commission 










33 


City Messenger Department 










1 


Water Department . 




. 






1 


Library Department 










1 


Insane Hospital Departm 


ent 










12 



3,142 

In connection with the Surveying Division there have been 
976 titles examined, 632 deeds, and 235 plans copied from 
the Registry of Deeds. 

Twenty-five hundred and forty-six blue prints have been 
made during the year. 

List of plans made for sewerage works during the year 
ending February 1, 1905 : 



East Boston. 

Moore street, branch of East Boston interceptor, from Moore 
street to Kneller street. 



Engineering Department. 35 

South Boston. 
Mt, Washington avenue^ from Granite street to A street. 

ROXBURY. 

Cathedral courts from Hulbert street to Circuit street. 

West Roxbury. 

Canterbury Branch of Stony Brook^ from Don street to Blue 
Hill avenue. 

Canterbury Branch of Stony Brooh^ from Blue Hill avenue 
to Morton street. 

Cedar street^ from Cedar street to Washington street. 

Gilman street, from Gilman street to Ashland street. 

Neponset-avenue Branch of Stony Brook, from Hadwin Way to 
Stony Brook. 

Boslindale Branch of Stony Brook, from Linden street to 
Bellevue avenue. 

Boslindale Branch of Stony Brook, Bellevue avenue to Bel- 
grade avenue. 

Stooiy Brook, at Cornwall street. 

Stony Brook, at Boylston avenue. 

Brighton. 
Barkman street, from Brooks street westerly. 

The following list gives the sewerage works staked out 
during the year ending February 1, 1905 : 

Dorchester. 

Franklin park brook, from Blue Hill avenue to Harvard street. 
Geneva avenue, from Geneva avenue to Wilder street. 
Hillsdale street, from Codman street to Richfield street. 

West Roxbury. 

Boslindale branch, from Cohasset street to Linden street. 
Boslindale branch, from Florence street, across Sycamore street, 

to Ashland street. 
Boslindcde branch, from Ashland street to Sycamore street. 

The following table gives the comparative annual amounts 
of paving work measured by the Surveying Division of the 
Engineering Department for eleven years : 



36 



City Document No. 15. 



Tear Ending 
January 31. 



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1896 
1897 
1893, 
1899 
1900 
1901, 
1902 
1903, 
1904. 
1905. 



23,487 

129,383 

120,158 

154,718 

76,991 

86,354 

264,982 

245,410 

104,133 

00,555 

30,899 



12,007 

60,472 

64,952 

100,414 

56,541 

60,803 

161,428 

188,041 

135,310 

65,474 

54,455 



5,175 
32,940 
24,976 
36,658 
14,249 
17,323 
61,356 
30,324 
5,077 
4,815 
184 



16,168 
68,701 
68,178 
94,003 
43,930 
48,946 
147,863 
131,487 
59,051 
29,078 
16,268 



3,062 
12,296 
13,471 
13,599 
11,652 
14,221 
16,541 
15,565 
14,119 
12,806 

9,906 



11,738 

183 

2,971 

4,019 

1,619 

789 

469 

698 

25 

248 

196 



1,406 

1,297 

394 

27 



2.37 



263 



Table showing the amount of paving work measured by 
the Surveying Division for the year ending January 31, 
1905, by months: 



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386 

780 
1,249 
1,782 
1,274 

166 
3,391 

878 


















83 

418 

20,372 

5,738 

4,288 


580 
3,222 

29,998 
9,557 

11,098 


S3 
93 

8 


. . . 

18 

408 

8,250 

6,024 

1,668 






July 














5 
30 


2,013 


66 


























December 


196 




























Totals 


196 


35 


9,906 


30,899 


54,455 


184 


16,268 


2,013 


66 







Table showing the amount of paving work, by districts, 
measured by the Surveying Division for the year ending 
January 81, 1905 : 



Engineering Department. 



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2,504 


6,021 
5,242 


11,866 
5,960 

2,785 
2,277 




5,401 

3,148 

328 

955 






South Boston. . . . 






213 


93 












56 
35 


947 
1,175 


8 






Charlestown 
















831 


6,766 


17,875 




4,555 
660 










30 


6,090 

86 


6,045 
2,2.34 
2,469 


10,931 


83 






West Eoxbury.. 


196 




1,638 
1,123 






2,013 


66 




5 


91 




1,221 














Totals 


196 


35 


9,906 


30,899 


54,455 


184 


16,268 


2,013 


66 







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, 1904, to February 1, 1905 : 

Boston Proper. 

(North of Massachusetts avenue.) 

Albion street, northerly corner Compton street. Measurement to 

locate old curb and measurement for assessment. 
Albio?i street, Paul street to Dover street. Grade for edgestone 

and measurement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk 

paving. 
Ashhurton place, at Law School. Measurement of sidewalk 

pa^ung. 
Ashburton jilace, easterly corner Bowdoin street. Grade of 

edgestone tested. 
Beacon street. No. 310. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Berkeley street, Commonwealth avenue to Public Alley No. 437. 

Grade of edgestone tested, grade for inside, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 
Blackstone street, Hanover street to passageway. Grade for 

bulkhead. 
Boylsto)i street, Nos. 324 and 326. Grade of edgestone tested, 

grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Boylston street, Nos. 379 and 381. Grade of edgestone tested 

and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Boylston street, Nos. 769 to 791. Grade of edgestone tested, 

grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Boiodoin street, easterly corner Ashburton place. Grade of 

edgestone tested. 



38 City Document No. 15. 

Broad street^ easterly side, Franklin street to Wharf street. Line 
and grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested, 
grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Butler square^ at Chatham street. Grade of edgestone tested, 
grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Canal street^ No. 106. Grade of edgestone tested and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Causeway street^ No. 73. Grade of edgestone tested (twice), 
grade for edgestone, grade for inside, and measurement of 
sidewalk paving. 

Caiisevmy street^ Nos. 119 to 123. Grade of edgestone tested 
(twice), grade for edgestone, and measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Chatham street^ at Butler square. Grade of edgestone tested 
(twice), grade for edgestone, grade for inside, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Columbus avenue^ at Chandler street. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Comjpton street^ easterly side, Tremont street to Albion street. 
Measurement to locate old edgestone and measurement for 
assessment. 

Compton street, Tremont street to Village street. Measurement 
of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 

Congress square, southwesterly corner Congress street. Grade 
of edgestone tested, grade for inside, and measurement of 
sidewalk paving. 

Congress street, northerly corner Congress square. Grade of 
edgestone tested, grade for inside, and measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

Congress street, westerly corner Milk street. Line and grade for 
edgestone tested and grade for inside. 

Congress street. No. 130. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Cooper street, easterly corner Endicott street. Line and grade 
for edgestone, hue and grade for edgestone tested, grade for 
inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Cooper street, northeasterly corner Endicott street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested, 
grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Court square, Nos. 32 to 38. Line and grade for edgestone, line 
and grade for edgestone tested, grade for inside, and meas- 
urement of sidewalk paving. 

Court street, at Young's Hotel. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Court street, in front of Old Court House. Measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

Dartmouth street, Nos. 115 to 119. Line and grade for edgestone 
tested, grade for inside and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Devonshire street, No. 115. Line and grade for edgestone tested 
and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Draper's lane, at Newland street. Measurement of edgestone, 
roadway and sidewalk paving. 

East Concord street, Washington street to Albany street. Line 
and grade for edgestone. 



Engineering Department. 39 

Emerald street^ No. 70 to 78. Line and grade for edgestone, 
line and grade for edgestone tested, grade for inside, and 
measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Endicott street, easterly corner Cooper street. Line and grade 
for edgestone tested, grade for inside, and measurement of 
sidewalk paving. 

Endicott street, northeasterly corner Cooper street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested, 
grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Federal street, Nos. 49 and 51. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Federal street, westerly corner Milk street. Line and grade for 
edgestone and grade for inside. 

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

Franklin street, corner Pearl street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade for edgestone tested, grade for inside, 
and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Friend street. No. 97. Grade of edgestone tested, grade for 
inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Gloucester street, Nos. 30 to 36. Grade of edgestone tested 
(twice), grade for edgestone, grade for inside, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Sale street. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Hanover street, at American House. Grade of edgestone tested, 
sidewalk tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Hanover street, Commercial street to Ferry. Line and grade for 
driveway. 

Harris street. North street to Hanover street. Measurement for 
assessment. 

Hingham street, Middlesex street to Emerald street. Grade for 
edgestone and measurement of edgestone, roadway and side- 
walk paving. 

Hingham street, rear of Nos. 48 and 50 Dover street. Measure- 
ment for assessment. 

Hollis street, Washington street to BuiToughs place. Line and 
grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, roadway 
and sidewalk paving. 

Huntington avenue, Nos. 68 and 70. Grade of edgestone tested, 
grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Kneeland street, Washington street to Harrison avenue. Line 
and grade for edgestone. 

Hneeland street, Harrison avenue to Tyler street. Grade for 
edgestone. 

Lowell street, Minot street to Brighton street. Grade for gutter. 

Mason street, No. 5. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Middlesex street. Castle street to Hingham street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Milk street, No. 14. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Milk street. No. 24. Grade of edgestone tested for area. 

Milk street. Congress street to Franklin street. Line and grade 
for edgestone and grade for inside. 



40 City Document No. 15. 

Newland street^ Upton street to West Brookline street. Grade 

for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, roadway and 

sidewalk paving. 
Newland street^ rear of No. 41 Worcester street. Line and 

grade for edgestone and measurement for assessment. 
North Anderson street^ Cambridge street to Massachusetts 

General Hospital. Line and grade for edgestone. 
North Margin street^ No. 47. Grade of edgestone tested (twice), 

grade for edgestone, grade for inside, and measurement of 

sidewalk paving. 
North Margin street^ easterly corner Thacher street. Line and 

grade for edgestone and line and grade for edgestone tested. 
Providence street^ No. 115. Grade of edgestone tested, line and 

grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested, 

grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Public alley. No. 431. Southerly corner Gloucester street. 

Grade of edgestone tested (twice), grade for edgestone, 

grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Michmond street^ Hanover street to North street. Grade for edge- 
stone. 
Richmond street. Commercial street to Fulton street. Grade for 

edgestone. 
Shawmut avenue, easterly corner Union Park street. Grade for 

edgestone, grade of edgestone tested (twice), grade for 

inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Shawmut avenue, West Canton street to Upton street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 
State street, Nos. 60 and 99. Grade of edgestone tested and 

measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Temple place. No. 48 and 50. Grade of sidewalk tested for 

area. 
Thacher street, at North Margin street. Line and grade for 

edgestone and line and grade for edgestone tested. 
Tileston street, Hanover street to Wiggin street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
Tremont street, No. 18 to 28. Grade for edgestone' (twice), 

grade of edgestone tested (twice), grade for inside, and 

measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Tremont street. No. 167. Grade of edgestone tested for area. 
Tremont street, No. 458. Measurement to locate old edgestone, 

measurement of sidewalk paving, and measurement for 

assessment. 
Tremont street, No. 600 to 616. Measurement of edgestone, 

roadway and sidewalk paving. 
Tremont street. No. 679 to 691 . Measurement of roadway paving. 
Union Park street, easterly corner Shawmut avenue. Grade of 

edgestone tested (twice) , grade for edgestone, grade for 

inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
WasJiington street, southwesterly corner Haymarket square. 

Grade for edgestone, grade of edgestone tested, grade for 

inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 



Engineemng Department. 41 

Washington street^ Court avenue to Cornhill court. G-rade of 
edgestone tested and grade for inside. 

Washington street^ No. 229 and 231. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Washington street^ No. 387. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Washington street, northerly corner West street. Grade of 
edgestone tested. 

Washingtofi street, No. 824. Grade of edgestone tested and 
grade for inside for area. 

Well street, southeasterly corner Franklin street to Wharf street. 
Line and grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone 
tested, grade for inside and measurement of sidewalk pav- 
ing. 

West street, No. 25 and 27. Grade for edgestone, grade of 
edgestone tested, grade for inside, and measurement of side- 
walk paving. 

West street, Washington street to No. 31. Grade of edgestone 
tested (twice) and grade for edgestone. 

West Dedham street, Shawniut avenue to Tremont street. Grade 
for gutters and measurement of edgestone, roadway and side- 
walk pa\ing. 

Wharf street, northeasterly side. Broad street to Well street. 
Line and grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone 
tested, grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk pav- 
ing. 

South Boston. 

Bolton street, between E street and F street. Line and grade for 

edgestone and measurement of edgestone, roadway and side- 
walk paving. 
Bolton street, between F street and Dorchester street. Line and 

grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, roadway 

and sidewalk paving. 
Boston -place, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put in 

for construction. 
Covington street, between Dixfield street and East Eighth street. 

Line and grade for edgestone. 
Dorchester avenue, intersection of Dorchester street. Curve 

staked out for construction. 
Dorchester street, between West Eighth street and Dorchester 

avenue. Line given for construction at angles and all corners 

of intersecting streets. 
E street, between Bolton street and West Second street. Line 

and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 

gutter and sidewalk paving. 
East First street. No. 599. Estimate of amount of edgestone 

required, and inside grade for bulkhead. 
East ISecond street. No. 705. Estimate of amount of edgestone 

required, and line and grade for edgestone. 
East Second street. No. 707. Line and grade for edgestone. 



42 City Document No. 15. 

East Fifth street, No. 599. Grade of edgestone tested and 
inside grade for bulkhead. 

East Sixth street, between P street and Q street. Measurement 
of edgestone and sidewalk paving, and plan for sidewalk 
assessment. 

East Seventh street, in front of Oliver H. Perry School-house 
lot. Line and grade for edgestone. 

East Eighth street, southeasterly corner of Dorchester street. 
Corner put in for construction. 

East Eighth street, in front of Oliver H. Perry School-house lot. 
Line and grade of edgestone tested. 

East Ninth street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners 
put in for construction. 

Emmet street, both corners of East Second street and East Third 
street. Line and grade for return stones. 

F street, between West First street and West Second street. 
Line and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
roadway and sidewalk paving. 

F street, between West Second street and Bolton street. Measure- 
ment of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Frederick street, between West Ninth street and Old Colony ave- 
nue. Estimate of amount of edgestone required, line and 
grade for edgestone, revised grade for edgestone, measure- 
ment of edgestone and sidewalk paving, and plan for sidewalk 
assessment. 

Gr street, between East Broadway and East Fourth street. Line 
and grade for edgestone. 

G street, between East Eighth street and Columbia road. Line 
and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, 
gutter and sidewalk paving. 

Gold street, between E street and F street. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Gold street, between F street and Dorchester street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Jenhins street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put in 
for construction. 

K street, between East Ninth street and Columbia road. Line 
and grade for edgestone (twice). 

Middle street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put 
in for construction. 

Newman street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put 
in for construction. 

Old Colony avenue, four corners of Dorchester street. Corners 
put in for construction. 

P street, between East Sixth street and Columbia road. Meas- 
urement of edgestone and sidewalk paving and plan for side- 
walk assessment. 

Preble street, intersection of Dorchester street. Curve staked 
out for construction. 

Rogers street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put in 
for construction. 



Engineering Department. 43 

Silver street^ between D street and E street. Line and grade for 

edgestone. 
Summed' street, southeaster!}^ corner A street. Line and grade 

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

grade of edgestone tested, inside grade for artificial stone 

sidewalk, inside grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and 

measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 
Summer street, Nos. 279-283. Grade of edgestone tested, line 

and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested 

(twice), inside grade for artificial stone sidewalk, inside 

grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement 

of artificial stone sidewalk. 
TucJcerman street, both corners of Dorchester street. Comers 

put in for construction. 
Vale street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put in 

for construction. 
Vale street, Nos. 45-47. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Vale street, Nos. 51-53. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Vinton street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put in 

for construction. 
Ward street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners put in 

for construction. 
West First street, at junction of F street. Measurement of edge- 
stone, roadway^ and sidewalk paving. 
West Third street, southeasterly corner of F street. Estimate 

of amount of edgestone required and line and grade for 

edgestone. 
West Third street, Nos. 186-194. Measurement of sidewalk 

paving for sidewalk assessment. 
West Seventh street, between C street and D street. Line and 

grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone, roadway 

and sidewalk paving. 
West Eighth street, southwesterly corner of Dorchester street. 

Corner put in for construction. 
West Ninth street, both corners of Dorchester street. Corners 

put in for construction. 
Woodioard street, both corners of Dorchester street. Comers 

put in for construction. 

East Boston. 

(Including Breed's Island.) 

Bennington street. No. 622. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 

line and grade for edgestone, grade for inside marked, and 

measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 
Bennington street, between Saratoga street and Leydeu street. 

Points for construction. 
Bennington street, between Prescott street and Bremen street. 

Points for construction. 
Bremen street, Nos. 194 and 200. Line and grade for setting 

edgestone. 



44 City Document No. 15. 

Bremen street^ Nos. 202 and 204. Estimate of edgestone re- 
quired and line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Brooks street^ Nos. 225 and 227. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone. 

Byron street, between Bennington street and Paul Jones School. 
Line and grade for setting edgestone and measurement for 
assessment. 

Byron street^ at Paul Jones School. Estimate of edgestone re- 
quired. Line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Condor street^ Nos. 167 to 181. Estimate of edgestone required 
and line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Haynes street^ between Orleans street and Marginal street. 
Line and grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone, sidewalk, crosswalk and roadway paving. 

Horace street^ at Paul Jones School. Estimate of edgestone re- 
quired and line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Lamson street^ between Maverick street and Sumner street. 
Measurement for assessment. 

Maverick street^ between Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad 
and Jeffries street. Line and grade for resetting edge- 
stone. 

Maverick street^ No. 325. Line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Maverick street^ No. 333. Estimate of edgestone required, line 
and grade for setting edgestone, and measurement of edge- 
stone set. 

New street^ Nos. 14, 16, 28 and 32. Measurement for assess- 
ment. 

Ncto street^ between Sumner street and Maverick street. Line 

and grade for resetting edgestone and roadway paving. 
Orleans street^ between Sumner street and Maverick street. 
Measurement for assessment. 

Pope street, between Saratoga street and Curtis street. Line 
and grade for setting edgestone, measurement of edgestone 
and gutter paving, and measurement for assessment. 

Putnam, street, between Condor street and East Eagle street. 
Measurement for assessment. 

Saratoga street, from raih'oad crossing to Swift street. Line 
and grade for resetting edgestone, measurement of edge- 
stone, sidewalk, gutter and crosswalk paving, and measure- 
ment for assessment. 

Charlestowk. 

Arlington avenue, Alford street to Fred street. Line and grade 
for resetting edgestone and measurement for assessment. 

Benedict street, rear Nos. 1 to 4 Brown's court. Line and grade 
of edgestone tested, line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested, grade for inside, and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

Borrance street, between Alford street and Arlington avenue. 
Line and grade for resetting edgestone. 



Engineering Department. 45 

Mo7iu'ment street^ between Bunker Hill street and Medford street. 
Line and grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of 
edgestone, roadway, driveway, crosswalk and sidewalk pav- 
ing. 

PolJc street, between Bunker Hill street and Medford street. 
Line and grade for resetting edgestone. 

Russell street, between Auburn street and Sullivan street. Line 
and grade for resetting edgestone. 

Rutherford avenue, at Freight House No. 6, Boston & Maine 
Railroad. Line and grade for resetting edgestone. 

ROXBDKY. 

(South of Massachusetts avenue.) 

Adcons street. No. 14. Line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade for edgestone tested, grade for inside and measure- 
ment of sidewalk paving. 

ArMow street, northwesterly corner Uhner street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

JBay State road. No. 231. Grade for edgestone, grade of edge- 
stone tested, grade for inside and measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Rellevue street, BrookKne avenue to Park street. Line and grade 
for gutters and measurement of gutters and crosswalk paving. 

Bickerstaff street, Nos. 56 and 58. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Bromley park. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Bryant street, easterly corner St. Stephen street. Grade of 
edgestone tested. 

Calumet street, Nos. 31 and 35. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Camden street, northeasterly side, Columbus avenue to Watson 
street. Revised grade for edgestone. 

Camden street, southwesterly side, Columbus avenue to railroad. 
Line and grade for edgestone. 

Camden street, at Tremont street. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Centre street, Nos. 167 and 169. Measurement for assessment. 

Centre street. No. 377. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Clarence street. Measurement to locate old edgestone, measure- 
ment for assessment, line and grade for edgestone, and 
measurement of edgestone, gutter, crosswalk and sidewalk 
paving. 

Clarence street, at George street. Grade of edgestone tested. 

Columbus avenue, at Northampton street. Measiu'ement of side- 
walk paving. 

Commonwealth avenue. No. 617. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Commonwealth avenue, Nos. 619 and 621. Grade for edge- 
stone, grade of edgestone tested, grade for inside and 
measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Creighton street, No. 32. Line and grade for edgestone. 



46 City Document No. 15. 

Dudley street^ southwesterly side, east of Mount Pleasant avenue. 

Line and grade for edgestone. 
Dudley street^ southerly side, Hampden street to Warren street. 

Measurement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 
Francis street^ No. 30. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Francis street^ Huntington avenue to Brookline avenue. Grade 

for edgestone. 
George street, southwesterly side, Magazine street to Langdon 

street. Grade of edgestone tested. 
Hampden street, easterly side, Norfolk avenue. Measurement 

of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 
Harold street, easterly corner Hollander street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
Harold street, westerly corner Hollander street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
Harold street, Nos. 253 and 255. Line and grade for edgestone, 

line and grade for edgestone tested, and measurement of 

sidewalk paving. 
Haviland street, Nos. 5, 11 and 13. Measurement of sidewalk 

paving. 
Haviland street, northeasterly corner Hemenway street. Re- 
vised grade for edgestone and measurement of sidewalk 

paving. 
HenienvKty street, northeasterly corner Haviland street. Revised 

grade for edgestone and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Hollander street, westerly corner Harold street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
Humboldt avenue, No. 214. Line and grade for edgestone 

tested (twice), and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Hunneman street, Nos. 93 to 97. Measurement of sidewalk 

paving. 
Hutchings street, westerly corner Park View street. Line and 

grade for edgestone. 
Hutchings street, No. 99. Line and grade for edgestone, line 

and grade for edgestone tested, grade for inside and 

measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Hutchings street, Humboldt avenue to Harold street. Measure- 
ment to locate old edgestone, line and grade for edgestone, 

measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving and 

measurement for assessment. 
Hutchings street, Nos. 112, 111 and 104. Line and grade for 

edgestone tested, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Kendall street, at Tremont street. Measurement of sidewalk 

paving. 
Lamartine street, Hoffman street to Wyman street. Measure- 
ment to locate old edgestone, line and grade for edgestone, 

measurement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving and 

measurement for assessment. 
Langdon street, northwesterly side, No. 22 to George street. 

Grade for edgestone. 



Engineering Department. 47 

Xiongwood avenue, Huntington avenue to Phillips street. Meas- 
urement of roadway paving. 

Mountfort street^ Nos. 49 and 51. JMeasurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Nexohury street, southerly corner Charlesgate west. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested and 
grade for inside. 

N'orfoUc avenue, Hampden street to Magazine street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested, 
and measurement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 

Norfolk avenue. Magazine street to Marshfield street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Northampton street, Tremont street to Columbus avenue. Line 
and grade for edgestone, measurement of edgestone, road- 
way, and sidewalk paving, and measurement for assessment. 

Northfield street, at Tremont street. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Park View street, southerly and westerly corners Hutchings 
street. Line and grade for edgestone tested. 

Paulding street, Dale street to Bainbridge street. Grade for 
gutters. 

Peterborough street, Nos. 22 to 32. Measurement of sidewalk 
paving. 

Queenshury street, westerly corner Audubon road. Grade for 
edgestone. 

Quincy street. No. 35. Measm-ement of sidewalk paving. 

Ruthven street. No. 133. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 

*V^. Botolph street. No. 241. Line and grade for edgestone, 
line and grade for edgestone tested, grade for inside, and 
measurement of sidewalk paving. 

St. Stephen street, easterly corner Bryant street. Grade of 
edgestone tested. 

Shirley street, Dudley street to George street. Measurement to 
locate old curb. 

Shirley street, southeastei'ly side. No. 29 to George street. 
Line and grade for edgestone and measurement for assess- 
ment. 

Shirley street, from Massachusetts avenue south to bend. Line 
and grade for edgestone. 

Southampton street, Massachusetts avenue to Atkins street. 
Grade for edgestone. 

Station street, Columbus avenue to railroad. Roadway paving. 

Thorndike street, Washington street to Reed street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Townsend street. No. 178. Grade of edgestone tested, line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade for edgestone tested, 
grade for inside, and measurement of sidewalk paving. 

Tremont street, southeasterly side, Northampton street to Cam- 
den street. Grade for edgestone. 

Tremont street, Massachusetts avenue to Hammond street. 
Measurement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 



48 City Document No. 15. 

JJlmer street^ northerly Corner of Arklow street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
TJhner street^ Minden street to Arklow street. G-rade for 

grading. 
Wait street^ Huntington avenue, southerly corner. Measurement 

to locate old edgestone and measurement for assessment. 
Wait street^ westerly side, Huntington avenue to Pequot street. 

Line and grade for edgestone. 
Wait street, westerly side, Hillside street to Pequot street. Line 

and grade for gutters. 
Was/migton street, northwesterly side Oakland street. Meas- 
urement of edgestone, roadway and sidewalk paving. 
Waiimbec/c street, No. 38. Line and gi'ade for edgestone tested, 

line and grade for edgestone and measurement of sidewalk 

paving. 
Westfield street, at Tremout street. Measurement of roadway 

and sidewalk paving. 
Wliiting street. No. 59. Measurement of sidewalk paving. 
Wyman street, easterly corner Lamartine street. Line and grade 

for edgestone. 
Wyman street, Lamartine street to Chestnut avenue. Line and 

grade for gutter. 

DORCHESX^R. 

Adams street, Nos. 19, 21 and 23. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Adams street, Nos. 1156 and 1158. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone. 

Adams street, northeasterly corner of King street. Line and 
grade for setting edgestone. 

Algonqidn street. No. 42. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Arcadia street. No. 16. Line and grade for setting edgestone, 
line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade 
marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, 
and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Armandine street, Nos. 36 and 41. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone. 

Ashmont street. No. 336. Line and grade for paving gutters. 

Ashmont street, from Adams street to Neponset avenue. Line 
and grade for resurfacing street. 

Auckland street. No. 38. Line and grade ©f edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Auckland street, Nos. 85 and 89. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone. 



Engineering Department. 49 

AucJdand street, No. 92. Line and grade for setting edgestone. 

JBird street, Nos. 10 to 16. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Bloomfield street, Nos. 67 to 71. Measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Bodwell street. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street line 
and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Bowdoin avenue, Nos. 41 and 43. Line and grade for artificial 
stone sidewalk, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Bowdoin avenue, Nos. 47, 49, 51, 53, 55, 59 and 61. Line and 
grade for artificial stone sidewalk, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Boiodoin avenue, Nos. 75, 77 and 81. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Boiodoin street. No. 137. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Bowdoin street, Nos. 139, 141 and 143. Line and grade for 
resetting edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Bowdoin street, Nos. 232 and 234. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, and measurement of 
artificial stone sidewalk. 

Bowdoin street, corner Tebroc street. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone. 

Blue Hill avenue, Johnston road to Randolph road. Line and 
grade for setting edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Bradlee street. No. 36. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Br ooh ford street, Nos. 9 and 11. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Bullard street, Bowdoin avenue to Bowdoin street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, and measurement of edgestone and 
gutter paving. 

Capen street, southeasterly corner Norfolk street. Line and 
grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk, and measurement of artificial stone side- 
walk. 

Cedar street, Nos. 1 to 9. Line and grade for edgestone. 



50 City Document No. 15. 

Centre, street^ Nos. 51 to 55. Line and grade for edgestone, 
line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade 
marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and 
measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Centre street^ No. 299. Line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, line 
and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measure- 
ment of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Centre street^ corner Talbot avenue. Line and grade for setting 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked, line and grade for artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Charles street^ northwesterly corner Dorchester avenue. Meas- 
urement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Charlotte street^ No. 28. Measurement of artificial stone side- 
walk. 

ChicJcatawhut street. Line and grade for resurfacing street. 

Chichatanrhut street., Nos. 12, 14 and 20. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Chichatauihut street., Nos. 32 and 34. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 

Claybourne street, from Dakota street 300 feet south. Line and 
grade for setting edgestone. 

Claybourne street, Nos. 34, 36, 38, 27, 31, 35, 39 and 43. 
Line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade 
marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and 
measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Clifton street. Line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of 
edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, line and 
grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of 
artificial stone sidewalk. 

Coleman street., No. 92. Line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, line 
and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measure- 
ment of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Colximhia road., at Elder street. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of artifi- 
cial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Columbia road. No. 410. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Devon street. Measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

JJix street, No. 21. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone side- 
walk tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Dix street, No. 23. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone side- 
walk tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 



Engineering Department. 51 

Dix street^ No. 47. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone 
sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone side- 
walk. 

Dix street, No. 61. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone' 
sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone side- 
walk. 

Dix street, No. 63. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone 
sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone side- 
walk. 

Dorchester avenue, Nos. 852 to 868. Line and grade of edge- 
stones tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade 
of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk. 

Dorchester avenue, Nos. 1591 to 1595. Line and grade of edge- 
stones tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade 
of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk. 

Dorchester avenue. No. 1631. Line and grade for resetting 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line 
and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Dorchester avenue. No. 1721. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Dorchester avenue, Grafton street to Mt. Vernon street. Line 
and grade for repaying street. 

Draper street, Nos. 102 to 110. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

JEast Cottage street. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone 
sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Mast Cottage street, Nos. 153 and 155. Line and grade for 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measm'ement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

East Cottage street, No. 165. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurera^ent of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Florida street, northwesterly corner Lonsdale street. Measure- 
ment of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Freeport street. No. 331. Line and grade of street tested. 

Glendale street, No. 20. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Glenioay street. Measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 



52 City Document No. 15. 

Glenway street^ Nos. 35 and 37. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Hamilton street^ Bowdoin street to Mt. Everett street. Line 
and grade for edgestone. 

Hancock street^ Nos. 53, 57 and 61. Line and grade of edge- 
stone tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Harbor View street^ Dorchester avenue to Sydney street. Line 
and grade for resurfacing street. 

Harbor View street, No. 71. Line and grade for edgestone, line 
and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, 
line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and 
measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Harvard street, Nos. 17 and 19. Line and grade for resetting 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line 
and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Harvard street, Nos. 161, 165, 167 and 190. Line and grade 
of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, line and 
grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of 
artificial stone sidewalk. 

King street, Nos. 91 to 101. Measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Lauriat avenue, near Milton avenue. Measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Lincoln street, line and grade for edgestone. 

Magnolia street, Nos. 82 to 88. Line and grade for resetting 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked and line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested. 

Mather street, No. 3. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone side- 
walk tested and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Mayfield street. Measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

McLellan street, Nos. 21, 25, 27 and 29. Line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Mellen street, Nos. 18 and 20. Measurement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Melville avenue. No. 56. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Michigan avenue, Nos. 2, 4 and 6. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Montello street, corner of Arcadia street. Line and grade for 
edgestone. 

Morton street, Nos. 1167 and 1169. Line and grade for edge- 
stone. 



Engineering Department. 53 

Neponset avenue, Minot street to Neponset river bridge. Line 
aud grade for resetting edgestone and measurement of edge- 
stone and paving. 

Neponset avenue^ at Minot school. Line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of arti- 
ficial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Neponset avemie^ Nos. 19, 21 and 23. Line and grade of edge- 
stone tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Norfolk avenue, East Cottage street to Marshfield street. Line 
and grade for edgestone and measurement of edgestone and 
gutter pacing. 

Norfolk avenxie. No. 297. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 
street line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial 
stone sidewalk tested and measm-ement of artificial stone 
sidewalk. 

Norfolk street, corner of Capen street. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Norfolk street, at corner of Morton street. Line and grade for 
setting edgestone. 

Norfolk street, Washington street to Norfolk terrace. Line and 
grade for resetting edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 
tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Norton street, Nos. 44 to 50. Line and grade for edgestone, 
line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade 
marked, line aud grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, 
and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Park street, Adams street to Freeport street. Line and grade 
for resurfacing street. 

Pinckney road, No. 14. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Plain street. Line and grade for resurfacing street. 

Rockioell street, Nos. 21, 25 and 27. Line aud grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street Line and 
grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Rockioell street, Nos. 49, 55 and 57. Line and grade for edge- 
stone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Rockwell street. No. 52. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Rockxcell street. No. 53. Line and grade for edgestone, line and 
grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, line 
and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measure- 
ment of artificial stone sidewalk. 



54 City Document No. 15. 

Rosseter street^ No. 107. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Sagamore street^ No. 58. Line and grade for edgestone, line 
and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, 
line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and meas- 
urement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

School street, Nos. 2 and 4. Line and grade for edgestone, line 
and grade of edgestone tested, street line and grade marked, 
line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk tested, and meas- 
urement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Stanley street, No. 71. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone side- 
walk tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Stoughton street, Nos. 78, 80 and 84. Line and grade of edge- 
stone tested, street line and grade marked, line and grade of 
artificial stone sidewalk tested, and measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Sumner street, corner of Stoughton street. Line and grade for 
edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, street line and 
grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone sidewalk 
tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Thetford street, Nos. 62 and 64. Line and grade for edgestone. 

Tremlett street, near Waldeck street. Line and grade for reset- 
ting edgestone. 

Tremlett street, Nos. 33, 35 and 37. Measurement of artificial 
stone sidewalk. 

Wales street. No. 36. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone side- 
walk tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Waldeck street, No. 12. Measurement of artificial stone side- 
walk. 

Walnut street, No. 4. Line and grade of edgestone tested, street 
line and grade marked, line and grade of artificial stone side- 
walk tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Wayland street, No. 65. Line and grade for setting edgestone. 

Wendover street. Line and grade for artificial stone sidewalk. 

West Roxbdry. 

Belmore terrace. No. 9. Information furnished for sidewalk 

assessment. 
Bourne street, northeasterly corner Catherine street. Line and 

grade for edgestone. 
Boylston street. No. 33. Line and grade of edgestone tested, 

inside grade mark for artificial stone, and measurement of 

artificial stone. 
Brookside avenue. No. 120. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Brown avenue, westerly corner Ashland street. (Chm-ch of the 

Sacred Heart) . Information furnished for sidewalk assess- 
ment. 
Canterbury street, between Ashland street and the railroad bridge. 

Measurement of excavation and gutter paving. 



Engineering Department. 55 

Canterhrtry street^ Ashland street to the railroad bridge. Line 

and grade for lajing gutters. 
Canterbury street^ Poplar street to the railroad bridge. Line and 

grade for filling. 
Catherine street^ northeasterly corner Bourne street. Line and 

grade for edgestone. 
Centre street^ at Engine House No. 28. Profile to fix grades for 

crosswalks and line and grade for laying crosswalks. 
Centre street^ at intersection of Mt. Vernon street. Line and 

grade for concrete sidewalks and measurement of concrete 

paving. 
Centre street^ between Mt. Vernon street and La Grange street. 

Line and grade for edgestone and gutters. 
Centre street^ Nos. 436 and 438. Line and grade for edgestone. 
Dalrymple street^ at Georgiana street. Line and grade for 

edgestone. 
Florence street^ No. 8. Estimate of edgestone required, and 

line and grade for edgestone. 
John A. Andre%o street^ Nos. 10 to 14. Line and grade for 

edgestone. 
John A. Andrevi street, No. 30. Line and grade for edgestone, 

line and grade of edgestone tested, inside grade for artificial 

stone marked, artificial stone tested, and measurement of 

edgestone, artificial stone and gutter paving. 
Mt. Vernon street, Vermont avenue to Garfield street. Line 

and grade for laying gutters. 
3It. Verno7i street, at intersection of Centre street. Line and 

grade for concrete sidewalks and measurement of concrete 

paving. 
Poplar street, Washington street to Sycamore street. Line and 

grade for edgestone and laying gutters, and measurement of 

edgestone, excavation, gutter and crosswalk paving. 
Poplar street. Sycamore street to Washington street (both sides) . 

Information for sidewalk assessment. 
School street, No. 167. Estimate of edgestone required, plan 

and profile to fix grade, line and grade of edgestone, and 

measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk paving. 
South street, Jamaica street to Eliot street. Line and grade for 

macadamizing street. 
South street, from No. 294 to Walk Hill street. Estimate of 

edgestone required. 
South street. No. 1007. Line and grade for artificial stone side- 
walk, inside grade marked, and measurement of artificial 

stone sidewalk. 
South Fairviev; street, Robert street to South Walter street. 

Line and grade for laying gutters. 
Sycamore street, between Ridge street and Florence street. Line 

and grade for laying gutters. 
Tappan street, Nos. 23 and 36. Estimate of edgestone required, 

line and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone 



56 City Document No. 15. 

tested, inside grade for artificial stone marked, artificial 
stone tested, and measurement of artificial stone sidewalk. 

Brighton. 

Ashford street, Pratt street to Malvern street. Line and grade 
for edgestone, gutters and macadamizing street. 

Bennett street, northerlj^ corner. No. 52 Parsons street. Line 
and grade for edgestone, line and grade of edgestone tested, 
inside grade for artificial stone sidewalk, and measurement 
of artificial stone, edgestone and gutter paving. 

Bradbury street, Franklin street to Mansfield street. Line and 
grade for laying gutters. 

Brighton avenue, No. 95. Line and grade for resetting edge- 
stone, measurement of edgestone, gutter and sidewalk pav- 
-ing, and sidewalk assessment plan furnished. 

Cambridge street, Union square to Harvard street. Line and 
grade for resetting edgestone, laying gutters, macadamiz- 
ing street, and measurement of edgestone, sidewalk, cross- 
walk and gutter paving. 

Cambridge street, northerly side Charles-river bridge to Boston 
& Albany Railroad bridge. Line and grade for resetting 
edgestone and measurement of edgestone and gutter paving. 

Cleveland avenue, northeasterly corner Everett street. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Commonwealth avenue, northerly side, west of Cottage Farm. 
Profile of edgestone to fix grade, and line and grade of edge- 
stone. 

Gaston street, Franklin street to Mansfield street. Line and 
grade for laying gutters. 

Everett street. No. 25. Edgestone inspected and estimate of 
edgestone required to prevent sidewalk flooding. 

Everett street, northeasterly corner Cleveland avenue. Line and 
grade for edgestone. 

Faneuil street, northerly corner Hobart street. Line and grade 
for circles. 

Franklin street, easterly side, between Lincoln street and Alcott 
street. Line for constructing sidewalk. 

Gardner street, Nos. 19, 21, 54, 75, 76 and 79. Measurement 
of artificial stone sidewalk repairs. 

Hobart street, northerly corner Faneuil street. Line and grade 
for circles. 

Mansfield street, Easton street to Alcott street. Line and grade 
for laying gutters. 

Market street, southeasterly corner North Beacon street. Esti- 
mate of edgestone required and line and grade for edgestone. 

North Beacon street, Nos. 210-212. Estimate of edgestone re- 
quired and line and grade for edgestone. 

Riverdale street. Western avenue to Raymond street. Line and 
grade for laying gutters. 

Sutherland road. Line and grade for artificial stone sidewalk, in- 
side grade marked, and measurement of artficial stone. 



Engineering Department. 



5T 



PLANS 

IX SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 1905. 



Indexed. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



Vol. 



A 

B 

C 

D 

E 

F 

G 

1 to 131 

/ 14,15,16, 
( and 17, 

18 

19 

20 

21 

22 

23 

24 

25 

26 

27 

28 

29 

30 

31 

32 

33 

34 

35 

36 

37 

38 i 

39 i 

40 



Plans of estates (lithographed).. 



in Brighton 

in West Roxbury. 



" widenings, etc 

School-houses and miscellaneous plans 

Plans from actual eurvey in City Proper 

Profiles of City Proper and Boston Harbor, and ancient 
plans 

Plans and profiles of streets in East Boston, 1849 

" " " 1868.... 

" " "South Boston, 1848.... 

" " " " " I860.... 

" ' " at South End 

" " " " " in Church and Suffolk 
streets 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 

Carried forward 



221 
189 
42 
87 
51 
4 
1 
664 

505 

95 
130 

91 
45 
45 
27 
39 
21 

38 

16 

79 

69 

97 

103 

165 

131 

108 

256 

118 

53 

176 

66 



3,732 



» Vol. 8 is a set of Architects' plans, and has been transferred to the Public Build- 
ings Department. 



58 



City Document No. 15. 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1905. — Continued. 



Indexed. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



v„i 41 S Part 1 
^ "^- " I Part 2 

" 42 

" 43 

" 44 

" 45 

" 46 

" 47 

" 48 

" 49 

" ,^0 

" 51 

" 52 

" 53 

" 54 

" 55 

" 56 

" 57 

" 58 

" 59 

" 60 

" 61 

" 62 

" 63 

" 64 

" 65 

" 66 

" 67 

" 68 

" 69 

" 70 

" 71 to 82 

" S3 

" 84 



Broxight forward 

Plans of estate 

Ancient plans of estates in South Boston, etc 

Sectional plans of City lands at South End 

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 

" " " " " " " and Brighton. 

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

Charlestown street surveys 

Miscellaneous plans 

Carried forward 



3,732 

229 
265 

46 

21 

77 

70 

80 

50 

140 

73 

57 

59 

92 

76 

87 

42 

56 

25 

115 

74 

18 

75 

44 

58 

27 

199 

217 

73 

152 

140 

189 

626 
229 
106 



7,622 



Engineering Department. 



59 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1905. — Continued, 



Indexed. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



Vol. 85 

" 86 

" 87, 

" 88, 

" 89, 

•• 90, 

" 91, 

" 92, 

" 93, 

" 94, 

" 95, 

" 96. 

" 97, 

" 98, 

" 99, 

" 100, 

" 101. 

" 102. 

" 103. 

" 104. 

" 105. 

" 106. 

" 107. 

" 108. 

" 109. 

" 110. 

" 111. 

" 112. 

" 113. 

" 114. 

" 115. 

" 116. 

" 117. 



Brought forward 

Plans of estates In Roxbury. 



Insurance volumes. 



Dorchester surveys. 



Plans of estates, etc 

" " " " in Dorchester , 

Sectional plans, City Proper, pipe locations 

" " South Boston, west of G street , 

" " " " east " " " 

" " East " southeast of Bremen St. 

" " " " northwest" " " 

Miscellaneous plans 

Tracings of plans and profiles 



Assessors' plans, 1, Roxburj- and West Roxbury. 

" " 2, Dorchester and Brighton 

" " 3, City Proper 



4, South Bay, Harbor and Charles- 
town 



" " 5, East Boston 

" " 6A, South Boston. 

" " 6B, South Boston.. 

Carried forward 



7,622 

485 

18 

169 

113 

140 

10 

25 

31 

28 

27 

65 

61 

63 

104 

534 

12 

24 

19 

27 

27 

125 
152 
137 
215 

267 

59 
24 

81 

49 

72 
129 
137 



11,060 



60 



City Document No. 15. 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1905. — Continued. 



Indexed. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 

Plans. 



Vol. 118. 

" 119. 

" 120. 

" 121. 

" 122. 

" 123. 

" 124. 

" 125. 

" 126. 

" 127. 

" 128. 

" 129. 



" 130 

" 131 

" 132 

" 133 

" 134 

In Case A 

Drawer B. 

" C. 

Cases CC. 

Drawer E . 

" F. 

G. 
H. 

L. 
M 

N. 
O. 

s.. 



Case T 

Drawers 

Vol. I. to LXVI. 



Brought forward 

Assessors' Plans, 7A,Bacls Bay 

" 8A, Roxbury 

8B, " 

" 9A, Dorchester 

" 9B, " 

" lOA, West Roxbury 

" lOB, " " 

" llA, Brigliton 

's street maps of Boston, Whitmore reproduction. 

Sectional plans. City Proper, Boston Gas Light Co 

Public lands belonging to town of Dorchester 



Hale 



Copies of plans filed with town of Dorchester previous 
to annexation 



Copies of deed plans and plans of otlier surveyors. 



Copies of plans from Land Court . 



Maps of Boston, etc 

Plans and profiles of streets in Dorchester. 

Plans of estates in Dorchester 

Miscellaneous 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 sti'eet plans 

Plans of takings for Sewerage Works 

Miscellaneous rolled tracings 

Tracings of plans and profiles 

Copies of ofliclal plans indexed in Vol. 31, and Drawer L, 
Carried forward 



11,060 
127 
149 
139 
149 
162 
100 
127 
112 
144 
37 
1.5 

65 
363 

286 

17 

205 

48 

148 

374 

677 

1,053 

589 

711 
353 
142 

3,775 

S24 

154 

79 

152 

1,034 
152 

2,724 



25,746 



Engineering Department. 



61 



PLANS 

IN SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1905. — Continued. 



Indexed. 



General Head under which Ciaselfled. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



Brought forward 

Maps, etc., in bound volumes 

Miscellaneous plans of the Back Bay Commission in 
portfolio 



Hanging plans 

Plans in progress, City proper 

" " " South Boston 

" " " East Boston 

" " " Roxbury 

" " " Dorchester 

" " " West Roxbury 

" " " Brighton 

" " " Charlestown 

Roxbury sectional plans 

West Roxbury sectional plans 

Sectional plans filed under Board of Survey act. 
Plans filed by the Boston Transit Commission. . . 

" " " " Boston Terminal Company 

Indexed plans of Dorchester 

Sectional " " " 

Blue prints of official and progress plans 



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 



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

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



City Proper. . . . 

East Boston 

South Boston... 

Roxbury 

Dorchester 

Charlestown 

West Roxbury . . 

Brighton 

Carried forward. 



25,746 
1,450 

15 

23 

94 

48 

51 

124 

240 

157 

81 

25 

163 

83 

541 

23 

1 

2,578 

232 

1,949 

26 



16 

2 

13 

15 

73 

210 

1 

119 

62 



31,631 



62 



City Document No. 15. 



PLANS 

IK SURVEYING DIVISION, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, JANUARY 31, 

1905. — Concluded. 



Indexed. 



General Head under which Classified. 



Number 

of 
Plans. 



Brought forward 

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

Roxbury 

Dorchester 

West Roxbury 

Briffhtou 



31,631 



There are also 3,770 lithographed plans in the office at Old 
Court House not included in the foregoing list, viz. : 



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

" u tL 'vVest Roxbury, made in 1873 

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

" " " Church-street district, made in 1868 

" " " Washington-street widening (parts 1, 2, 3) 

made in 1860 . 
'^' " " Washington-street extension, made in 1869. 

" '■'■ " North street, made in 1859 . 

" " " Stony brook, drainage area 

'♦ u ci Boston, made in 1866-67 

" iL II Boston, made in 1888 . 

" " " Suffolk-street district, made in 1869 

" " " South Boston, made in 1880 

" " " Roxbury, made in 1880 

'« u It Burnt district 

" " " Mt. Hope Cemetery . 

^' " " Winthrop Farm . 

" " " Hanover avenue . 

" " " Muddy river 

" " " Pemberton square, Court-house site 

" " " East Nevrton street, lots on, sold by 

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

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

, tion, made in 1888 . 

" " " Boylston street, old Public Library lot 

" " " 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 



Carried forward 3,129 



34 

126 

11 

80 

171 

1,190 

324 

44 

10 

98 

30 

9 

60 

81 

65 

24 

49 

44 

41 

195 

42 

82 

8 
17 

136 
60 

98 



Engineering Department. 



63 



Brought foru'ard .......... 

Lithographed maps of Boston, scale 800 feet to an inch, made in 3,129 

1891, colored plans 5 

" " " Boston Proper, scale 500 feet to an inch, 

made in 1894 12 

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

1893 65 

" u u Exhibit No. 2, City Surveyor's Eeport, 

1893 85 

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

1893 101 

" " " High street, public lands sold by auction . 16 

" " " Beacon Hill, State House site ... 38 

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

auction plan 57 

" " " Boston Proper, showing changes in street 

and wharf lines from 1795 to 1895 , . 262 

3,770 



64 City Document No. 15. 



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



The following is some of the most important work done 
during the past year : 

The construction of the Stony Brook conduit in Charles- 
gate East made it necessary to abandon 300 feet of 48-inch 
main, which crossed the conduit location immediately north 
of Commonwealth avenue bridge, under the outlet channel 
of the Back Bay Fens ; the main was relocated over the 
bridge, and reduced for a distance of 118 feet, within the 
limits of bridge and conduit, to a 36-inch pipe. 

Owing to the proposed subway construction in Washing- 
ton street it was considered inadvisable to attempt to mam- 
tain the 24-inch L. S. main in that street between Boylston 
and Water streets. A 36-inch main was therefore laid from 
Washington street, at Boylston, to Milk street, via Essex, 
Kingston, Otis, Devonshire, Franklin and Congress streets; 
thence a 24-inch main via Post Office square and Water 
street was laid and connected with the existing 24-inch main 
in Washington street at Water street ; connections with these 
new mains were made on Essex street at Oxford street, on 
Bedford street, on Franklin street, on Milk street and on 
Water street ; 30-inch branches were established at Congress 
street for the proposed extension to South Boston and at 
Milk street for the proposed extension northerly. A total 
curvature of 630° was made in 2,974 lineal feet of the 36-inch 
pipe, using 18 one-sixteenth and 20 one-thirty-second curves; 
in 524 feet of 24-inch pipe the total curvature was 607° 30', 
and 6 one-eighth and 15 one-sixteenth bends were used. 
The work was done by the regular force of the Water 
Department, and was necessarily slow and expensive, as 
obstacles were continually encountered. For a large part of 
the distance, particularly at street crossings, the location 
of so large a pipe virtually meant the reconstruction of 
existing systems of conduits, water and gas pipes, electric 
tubes, sewers, etc. The location of this main is through the 
centre of the Low Service business district, making it pos- 
sible to develop the distribution system in that territory to 
the best advantage. 

The 30-inch H. S. main in Washington street, Dorchester, 
was extended from Fairmount street to Codmau street, 



Average Stated Monthly Heights, In Feet, above City Base, to which Water Rose at Different Stations, on the Boston Water Works. 



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Engineering Department. 65 

thence a 20-iiicli main was laid in Codman street to Dorchester 
avenue and connected with the 12-inch H. S. pipe at that point. 
The following work was done for the improvement of the 
fire service : 

1,327 feet 16-incli pipe laid, replacing 12-inch. 
12,562 " 12-inch " " " 8-inch, G-lnch and 4-inch. 

4,154 " 10-inch " " " 6-inch and 4-inch. 

3,438 " 8-inch " " " 6 -inch and 4-inch. 

The first step was taken during the past year towards fur- 
nishing an improved L. S. and H. S. supply to South Boston 
fiats by the construction of a tunnel under Fort Point chan- 
nel, immediately south of Congress-street bridge. The tunnel 
is of brick, in the form of an inverted siphon, to carry a 
30-inch L. S. and a 2-i-inch H. S. water pipe. The 
shafts are 7i feet in diameter with brick walls 16 
inches thick ; they are enclosed in a steel cylinder ^ inch 
thick, from their top to a point about 20 feet below the 
bottom of the channel, and are protected by substantial cir- 
cular fenders. The horizontal portion of the tunnel, 119 feet 
long, is circular, 8 feet in diameter, and is lined with 12-inch 
brickwork; its top is at grade — 38, the present bottom of 
channel being grade — 1 8, and the proposed grade for future 
dredging being — 23. The material excavated was stiff blue 
clay with sand seams ; the work was done under air pressure. 

The thavring of frozen service pipes by electricity was 
successfully continued during the past winter. 

The work of electrical investigation has been carried on 
throughout the year. In addition to surveys made to deter- 
mine the difference of potential between pipe and rails, 
twenty-nine "permanent stations " have been established for 
measuring approximately the actual flow of electricity upon 
the pipes. These " stations " are made by inserting brass 
plugs 10 feet apart into a water pipe, and from the plugs No. 
10 insulated wire is brought to the surface of the ground. 
The difference of potential at the ends of the wires is deter- 
mined, and the approximate flow on the pipe is estimated, 
the resistance per pound per foot of cast-iron water pipe hav- 
ing been previously detei'mined by experiment. A number 
of test pits have been dug and many volt-meter and ammeter 
readings have been taken in other excavations ; the actual 
condition of pipes examined has been carefully noted, plaster 
casts and photographs being made in many cases. 

Damage is being done to the water pipes by electrolysis, 
notably in the vicinity of the large power stations of the 
Boston Elevated Railway. 



66 



City Document No. 15. 



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Engineering Department. 67 



GENERAL STATISTICS. 



Boston Water Department. 

Daily average amount used through meters during 

1904 (gallons) 18,546,000 

Number of services February 1, 1905 . . 90,560 

Number of meters in service February 1, 1905 . 4,771 
Number of motors under supervision February 

1, 1905 124 

Number of elevators under super^dsion February 

1, 1905 592 

Length of supply and distributing mains in 

miles February 1, 1905 . . . . 736 
Number of public hydrants in use February 1, 

1905 7,614 

Yearly revenue from annual water rates . . $1,319,841.85 

Yearly revenue from metered water . . . $1,049,831.58 

Percentage of total revenue from metered water, 44.3 

Yearly expense of maintenance . . . $564,419.94 



68 City Document No. 15. 



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



Atlantic Avenue Reconstruction. 

The roadway on the water side of Atlantic avenue between 
Eastern avenue and the southerly driveway leading to Rowe's 
wharf has been widened about eleven and one-half feet by re- 
ducing the width of the sidewalk to about one-half of its 
former width. Where the old sidewalk was supported by 
pile work, the whole of the old timber was removed and new 
hard pine timber substituted. The old piles were capped at 
a lower grade so as to ensure sound wood for the bearings of 
the new caps and a large number of new oak piles were 
driven wherever there was any question of the efficiency of 
the old piles to carry the new roadway or sidewalk. New 
catch-basins were built at the new curb line where the road- 
way was supported by filled material, and at other places cast 
iron scuppers were set in the curb at frequent intervals to 
permit the surface water to discharge directly into the docks. 
The entire paving ease of the easterly track of the Boston 
Elevated Railway and nearly all the paving between the rails 
of this track was relaid with pitch and pebble joints. A 
new brick sidewalk was laid for the whole length of the 
avenue reconstructed, and hard pine fences were built where 
buildings did not afford proper protection. 

The Boston Elevated Railway's stairs at the Rowe's 
wharf station had not been removed or changed at the close 
of work in December, so that a small amount of work remains 
to be done at this point. The work was done under three 
contracts by D. J. Kiley, Patrick McGovern and the Metro- 
politan Contracting Company. The work was completed 
about the middle of December, but final payments have not 
been made at the date of this report. 

Charles River Avenue. 

An estimate was made of the cost of putting the Boston 
end of Charles River bridge in repair for use as a dumping 
wharf. 



Engineering Department. 69 

Circuit-street Fence. 

An iron fence and gate have been built on the wall on 
Circuit street, Roxbury, at the St. Joseph's church, under a 
contract with P. J. Dinn & Co., dated October 1, 1904, at a 
cost of $395. 

East Boston Ferries. 

South Ferry, Boston Side. — A report was made recom- 
mending new heads on the three piers ; the work was done 
under the supervision of the Ferry Division. 

North Ferry, East Boston Side. — An estimate was made 
for a new wharf and coal-pocket, and plans for the work 
have been begun. 

Plans have been made for repairing the north pier, but no 
work has yet been done on it. 

Franklin-street Subway. 

The building of the approaches to the Franklin-street 
subway, in progress at the date of the last report under a 
contract with William Crane, dated October 28, 1903, was 
completed about May 1, 1904, at a total cost of |3,652.05. 

The iron railings on the coping of the side walls of the 
approaches were furnished and erected under a contract with 
W. A. Snow & Co., dated January 14, 1904, at a cost of 
$845.35. Under a second contract with the same firm, a 
hand-rail was placed on the side walls of the approaches at a 
cost of 1254.13. 

Fort Hill Wharf. 

A report was made recommending repairs on this wharf 
and renewing the deck on the sanitary wharf. The work 
was done by Thomas Uniacke at a cost of $900. 

Gainsborough-street Foot-bridge. 

A contract was made with the Eastern Bridge and Struct- 
ural Company, dated March 26, 1904, for building the steel 
superstructure of the foot-bridge on Gainsborough street, for 
the sum of $2,700, and the work was completed September 
24, 1904. 

Harvard-street Bridge. 

Plans and specifications were made last year by this 
department for building a new bridge and masonry abutments 



70 City Document No. 15. 

at Harvard street over the Midland Division of the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. The contract for 
building the abutments was awarded to the Metropolitan 
Contracting Company, and work was commenced about the 
first of August and completed the latter part of November. 
The abutments are built of granite, laid solid in Portland 
cement mortar, with cement concrete backing and founda- 
tions. The cost for contract work was $13,394.88. 

Upon the abutments was built a through steel plate girder 
bridge, across the railroad location, on a slight skew, and 
consists of three girders spaced 22 feet 10^ inches on cen- 
tres and are 59 feet 6i inches long, centre to centre of end 
bearings ; the floor beams are of steel, supporting a floor 
system of hard-pine stringers and 4-inch spruce deck plank, 
upon which is laid a wearing surface of 2-inch spruce. The 
centre girder divides the roadway into two parts, each 13 
feet 9 inches in the clear; there are two sidewalks, each 
7 feet 4i inches wide, the total width of the bridge being 
45 feet 9 inches, centre to centre of girders. 

The contract for building the steel superstructure was 
awarded to the Eastern Bridge and Structural Company of 
Worcester at a cost of 14,092.94. The work was commenced 
about the middle of November and the south roadvv^ay was 
opened to travel December 22, and the bridge was completed 
and opened to travel December 29. 

NORFO LK-STREET B RIDGE. 

Plans and specifications were made last year by this 
department for building a new bridge and masonry abut- 
ments at Norfolk street near Dorchester station, over the 
Midland Division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford 
Railroad. 

The contract for building the abutments was awarded to 
the Metropolitan Contracting Company ; the work was com- 
menced in August and was completed December 24. The 
abutments are built of granite, laid solid in Portland cement 
mortar with cement concrete foundations and backing. The 
total cost for contract work was 126,829.50. 

The contract for the steel superstructure was awarded to 
the Boston Bridge Works, October 18, 1904, for $11,996. 

Paving Wharf No. 2, 600 Albany Street. 

As stated in the last annual report the old wharf at this 
place has been replaced by building a granite sea wall on 



Engineering Department. 71 

three sides of it and the space between the walls filled solid 
with earth and gravel. 

The work was done under a contract with John P. 
Cavanagh, and was completed June 28, at a cost for contract 
work of $26,240.10. 

Some additional dredging was done in the North and South 
docks by the Bay State Dredging Company at a cost of 
$730.80. 

Assessment Streets. 

Working plans, specifications and forms of contract were 
prepared and forwarded to the Street Department for the 
construction of the following assessment streets : 

JBelgrade avenue^ South street to Anawan avenue. 
Senmngton street^ Prescott street northeasterly 650 feet. 
Bernard street^ Talbot avenue to N. E. Railroad. 
Causeway street^ Beverly street northeasterly 142 feet. 
Dorchester street. Eighth street to Dorchester avenue. 
FranMia street, Cambridge street to B. & A. Raih-oad. 
Hyde Park avenue, Walk Hill street to 288 feet north of Ashland 
street. 

Plans and Specifications for Repaying Streets. 

Preliminary surveys were made and the working plans, 
specifications and forms of contract were prepared and for- 
warded to the Street Department for repaving the following 
streets : 

*Albio7i street, Castle street to Dover street. 
*ArImgton avenue, Alford street to Somerville line. 

Ashburtofi place, Bowdoin street to Somerset street. 

Barton court. Barton street to Brighton street. 
*JBeach street, Harrison avenue to Atlantic avenue. 
*JBeUevue street, Brookline avenue to Park street. 
* Bolton street, F street to Dorchester street. 

Boylston street, Dartmouth street to B. & A. Railroad bridge. 

Boylst07i street, B. & A. Railroad bridge to Massachusetts 
avenue. 

Bidlard street, Bowdoin street to Bowdoin avenue. 

Causeway street, Haverhill street across Beverly street. 

Columbus avenue, Ferdinand street to B. & A. Railroad bridge. 

Court street, "Washington street to Tremont street. 

Court square, westerly roadway. 

PJ street. West Seventh street to West Eighth street. 

Fast Second street, L street to N street. 

* Plans onlv were forwarded. 



72 City Document No. 15. 

Emerald street, Dover street to Castle street. 
JEssex street, Kingston street to Lincoln street. 
Front street, Austin street to Warren avenue. 
G street, East Eighth street to Columbia road. 
Hamilton street, Bowdoin street to Mt. Everett street. 
Harris street, Hanover street to North street. 
Haioes street. Congress street to Kilby street. 
*Hayries street. Marginal street to Orleans street. 

* Monument street, Bunker HiU street to Med ford street. 
Mt. Vernon street, Dorchester avenue to Shoreham street. 

* Neponset avenue, Minot street to Neponset bridge. 
^Neio street, Maverick street to Cross street. 

N'orfolk avenue, Marshfield street to East Cottage street. 

Norman street. Green street to South Margin street. 

Northampton street, Columbus avenue to Tremont street. 

* North Sennet street, Salem street to Hanover street. 
Poplar street, Washington street to Sycamore street. 
Roxbury street, Washington street to Guild row. ' 
South street. Beach street to Kneeland street. 

South Margin street, Stauiford street to Norman street. 
IVarren avenue, Warren Bridge to Front street. 
Washington street, Roxbury street to Marvin street. 
West Declham street, Shawmut avenue to Tremont street. 
West Newton street, Tremont street to Columbus avenue. 

* West Seventh street, Dorchester avenue to D street. 

Miscellaneous. 

Preliminary surve3^s have been made and plans prepared 
for repaving the following streets : 

Allst07i street, Brighton avenue to Washington street. 

Ashford street, Malvern street to Pratt street. 

Bolton street, C street to F street. 

Columbus avenue and Park square, Eliot street to Boylston 

street. 
Congress street. Fort Point Channel to Pittsburg street. 
Dorchester av-nue, Shawmut Branch R.R. to Park street. 
East Second street, N street to P street. 
Eliot street, Washington street to Columbus avenue. 
Essex street, Harrison avenue to Kingston street. 
Newland street, West Dedham street to West Brookline street. 
Norfolk avenue. Magazine street to Marshfield street. 
Orleans street, Sumner street to Webster street. 
SJiaiomut avenue, Springfield street to Massachusetts avenue. 
Silver street, D street to G street. 
South street. Centre street to Jamaica street. 
Union street. Main street to Rutherford avenue. 
Wa^'ren street, Cambridge street to the Brookhne line. 
Washington street, Elmore street to Dimock street. 

* Pliins only were forwarded. 



Engineering Department. 73 

Grading Street Railway Tracks. 

Grades for tracks in the following streets have been de- 
termined and the necessary surveys made for determining 
the same. 

Boston Elevated Railway Company. 

Arlingion avenue, Alford street to the Somerville line. 
JBelgrade avenue, South street to near Anawan avenue. 
Bennington street, Prescott street, northeasterly 650 feet. 
JBoylston street, Dartmouth street to B. & A. R.R. bridge. 
JSoylston street, B. & A. R.R. bridge to Massachusetts avenue. 
Cambridge street, Harvard avenue to Allston bridge. 
Causexcay street, Haverhill street to Medford street. 
Columhus avenue, Ferdinand street to B. & A. R.R. bridge. 
Dorchester avenue, Shawmut Branch R.R. to Park street. 
Dorchester avenue, at lYashington street (Lower Mills). 
Hyde Park avenue. Walk Hill street to Ashland street. 
Neponset avenue, Minot street to Neponset bridge. 
Moxbury street, Washington sti'eet to Guild row. 
jSouth street. Centre street to Jamaica street. 
Warren avenue, drawbridge to Front street. 
Washington street, Roxbury street to Marvin street. 
Washingto7i street, Elmore street to Dimock street. 
West Seventh street, C street to D street. 
Wilton street, Cambridge street to Grant street. 

Total length of single track grades, 9.13 miles. 

Miscellaneous Plans, Specifications, etc. 

Atlantic avenue, easterly sidewalk from Broad street to Eastern 
avenue. A plan was made showing proposed new edgestone 
line, and grades were determined for said edgestone. 

Congress street, at Engine House 38 and 39. A report was made 
as to the grade of edgestone and roadway in this vicinity. 

Dudley street, southerly side from Mt. Pleasant avenue to Mt. 
Pleasant place. A plan was made showing new location of 
edgestone, with grades for same, on account of widening the 
street between the above limits. 

Hyde Park avenue, at Stony Brook. A plan and specifications 
were prepared for rebuilding the wooden bridge at this place 
on account of the widening of Hyde Park avenue. 

Lowell street, Minot street to Brighton street. A plan was made 
for repaving the northerly side of Lowell street, so that teams 
might more easily back up to freight house. 

Malvern street, Ashford street 180 feet southerly. A study 
was made for a revised grade of this portion of Malvern 
street to connect with a proposed revised grade of Ashland 
street. 



74 City Document No. 15. 

iSouth street^ West Hoxbury^ from Walk Hill street about 440 

feet westerly. A plan was made for revising the grade for 

sidewalk on southerly side of street. 
State street^ from Atlantic avenue about 140 feet westerly. A 

plan was made showing grades for paving roadway in the 

vicinity of the new Atlantic Chambers. 
Washington street^ from Townsend street to Forest Hills. An 

estimate was prepared of the cost of making the sidewalks 

uniformly 10 feet vfide. 

Plans showing^ details of construction of street and other 
structures have been made from time to time as required. 
The street book, giving lengths and areas of pavements in 
accepted streets and public alleys, has been corrected to 
February 1, 1904, and is now being corrected to February 1, 
1905. 



Engineering Department. 75 



MISCELLANEOUS WORK AND CONSTRUCTION 

IN 1904. 



Atlantic-avenue Bridge. 

The work of building the six piers in Fort Point channel 
under the contract with W. H. Ellis, dated October 20, 1902, 
was completed on May 2 ; the total amount paid under this 
contract was $72,573.88. 

The abutment at the Boston approach to the bridge and 
the stone bases for the steel columns of this approach were 
completed by H. P. Nawn on November 18, at a cost of 
$1,739.70 for the laying of the stone, the stone itself being 
furnished under another contract; the above amount in- 
cluded the cost of placing a few bearing stone on the abut- 
ment and one pier at the South Boston end of the bridge. 
Two courses of stone were added to the Boston abutment, 
increasing its height 2 feet 9i inches. The stone bases for 
the steel columns were single blocks, 2 feet 6 inches by 3 
feet 6 inches by 1 foot 6 inches, set on the concrete founda- 
tions previously built. 

On November 28 a contract was made with H. P. Nawn 
for erecting the pier at the line of the Boston Terminal 
Company's land, to support the first span of the bridge over 
the railroad tracks. The foundation for this pier was built 
in 1901. The pier is of granite, 96 feet in length and 3 feet 
in width, all faces being perpendicular. There are eleven 
courses of ashlar of a total height of 22 feet. Upon these 
there is a bridge seat course 96 feet 8 inches by 3 feet 8 
inches by 2 feet 2 inches in height, the top of this course 
being at grade 38.25 feet above city base. Upon the bridge 
seat there is a parapet course 80 feet 5 inches long, 2 feet 6 
inches wide, with the top at grade 41. This work has been 
completed, except the pointing of the masonry. 

The stone for all of the work on the northerh'^ approach 
just described was furnished by the Rockport Granite Com- 
pany at a cost of $6,200. 

On November 1 a contract was made with the Pennsyl- 
vania Steel Company for furnishing and erecting the steel 
superstructure of the bridge, with the exception of the draw 
span. Work on the ground has not yet been begun. 



76 City Document No. 15. 

Broadway Bridge. 

At the date of the last annual report the lumber called 
for by the contract with the C. W. Leatherbee Company, 
dated July 14, 1903, had been delivered ; the final estimate 
was made April 22, the total payment being -18,674.07. 

The flooring of the roadway of the bridge and the masonry 
arches of the spans over Lehigh and Foundry streets, under 
the contract with Patrick McGovern, dated October 7, 1903, 
was finished on November 2 at a cost of -$18,667.74, in- 
cluding, as an addition to the contract, the cost of recon- 
structing the South Boston approach to the bridge. 

Under another contract with Mr. McGovern, dated April 
5, 1904, the Boston aporoach to the bridge was reconstructed 
at a cost of -^1,756.82.^ 

On both approaches the roadway v/as surfaced with the 
standard city pavement of granite blocks on concrete foun- 
dation. The old curbstones were reset. The side walls on 
the Boston approach were built up to the new grade of the 
street. The sidewalks on the Boston approach were paved 
with brick, and those on the South Boston approach with 
artificial stone, according to the standard specifications of the 
Street Department. 

On the spans of the bridge over Lehigh and Foundry 
streets arches were built between the floor beams for the 
whole width of the bridge. These arches were of a single 
course of brick, laid in Portland cement mortar, and covered 
with Portland cement concrete to the proper grade for re- 
ceiving the paving. 

The roadway on the remainder of the bridge consisted of 
an under floor of hard pine plank, varying in thickness from 
4 to 6 inches, planed and jointed, spiked to 5-inch by 6-inch 
or 5-inch by 8-inch spiking pieces, the latter being bolted to 
the steel floor beams. The floor was then painted with two 
coats of " Cabot's Conservo " ; the planking, except where 
the main girders interfered, was laid at right angles to the 
line of street, with the crown required for paving ; strips of 
zinc were fastened over the ends of the plank next the curb 
to carry any drip away from the timber ; 6-inch by 6-inch by 
i-inch steel angles were spiked to the planking under the 
curb to pave against ; the curb is of cast iron in lengths of 
about 4 feet, bolted to the steel floor beams. Copper expan- 
sion joints were provided in the floor where needed. 

The roadway surface, both on the plank and on the con- 
crete arches, was made waterproof by covering the surface 
with roofing pitch and roofing felt in alternate layers of four 



Engineering Department. 77 

each, the whole being then covered by a coating of pitch, put 
on by flowing ; upon this covering there was laid a layer of 
concrete from 1 to 2 inches thick, composed of sand and road 
pitch, put on hot and rolled ; upon this was spread a 2-inch 
layer of paving gravel. 

The roadway was paved with granite blocks 6 inches deep, 
the joints between the blocks being filled with hot pebbles 
and pitch. All paving in the street railway tracks was done 
by or at the expense of the Boston Elevated Railroad Com- 
pany. 

On June 27 a contract was made with E. R. Taylor & Co. 
for constructing asphalt walks on the bridge. This work, 
was completed on September 13. The price paid was $2.39 
per square yard, and the total payment was §4,858, 87. 

On October 23, 1903, a contract was made with P. J. 
Dinn for building fences on the Boston end of the bridge. 
The work was completed on December 30, 1903, at a cost of 
$1,064. 

Another contract was made with Mr. Dinn, dated March 
26, 1904, for building the fences on the South Boston end of 
the bridge ; these Avere completed on August 26 at a cost of 
$1,985. Mr. Dinn also built a fence on the northerly side of 
the Boston approach to the bridge, for which he was paid 
.1235. 

On February 15 a contract was made with Mr. Dinn for 
the erection of gates near each end of the draw, for which he 
was paid $1,000. 

In order that the old draw might conform to the new 
grade of the bridge the draw was raised about 7.5 feet, and 
new steel girders of the required depth built between the old 
girders on wliich the trusses rest and the drum which carries 
the circular track; a new floor was laid on the draw, the 
steel work repaired and painted, and the spaces between the 
ends of the draw and the ends of the permanent bridge left 
for a future lengthening of the draw were filled by a tem- 
porary timber construction. This work was done by the 
Boston Bridge Works, under an extension of their contract 
for building the steel superstructure of the bridge. The 
total amount paid under their contract was $129,538.11. 

The paving blocks for the roadway were furnished under 
a contract with the Rockport Granite Company, dated Octo- 
ber 21, 1903; the number furnished was 124,000, at $58.90 
per thousand. 

Under a contract with Seth Perkins, the remaining portion 
of the temporary foot-bridge was removed on October 28 at a 
cost of $545, and a new fender-guard was built on the 



78 City Document No. 15. 

southerly side of the bridge, between the Boston side of the 
channel and the shore, at a cost of $913.79. 

The following table showing the progress of the work of 
reconstructing this bridge, so far as travel has been affected, 
ma}' be of interest : 

Work begun on temporary foot-bridge . . June 10, 1901 

Temporary foot-bridge finished . . . Aug. 30, 1901 

Old bridge closed to travel .... Sept. 3, 1901 

Temporary foot-bridge opened to travel . . Sept. 7, 1901 

Old Colony Railroad began running trains on its 

new location ...... Jan. 3, 1902 

Temporary foot-bridge and draw closed to all 

travel June 20, 1904 

Draw and southerly sidewalk of new bridge 

opened to foot travel Aug. 9, 1904 

Northerly sidewalk of new bridge opened to foot 

travel Aug. 22, 1904 

New bridge opened to all travel . . . Sept. 21, 1904 

Bkookline-steeet Bridge, Boston to Cambridge. 

Surveys have been made of the location of the proposed 
new bridge between Boston and Cambridge at Essex street, 
Ward 25, borings have been taken and several preliminary 
plans made. 

Congress-street Bridge. 
Widening of Draiu-way. 

As stated in the last annual report, the Secretary of War 
having ordered the draw-way of Congress-street bridge 
widened to 50 feet necessitated the building of a temporary 
bridge between Congress- street and Summer-street bridges ; 
the bridge was built under contract with W. H. Ellis & Co. 
at a cost of 112,586.42; work was begun January 11, and 
the bridge was completed February 4. 

The South Boston end of Congress-street bridge was badly 
damaged by a vessel March 23, necessitating its closing, and 
the temporary bridge was opened to travel the following 
day. 

A contract was made with Seth Perkins June 23 for 
removing part of the South Boston side of the bridge 
adjoining the channel-way and dredging over the widening ; 
this work was completed July 16, making the draw-way 50 
feet wide, but leaving the bridge in an unfinished condition. 

A contract was made with Seth Perkins August^ 29 
for driving piles and repairing the bridge near the landings 



Engineering Department. 79 

of the draw and removing some of the lumber from the 
draw ; the work was continued until December 6, the cost 
of the work being 14,816.36. 

October 31a contract was made with the New England 
Structural Company for lengthening the draw ; the field 
work was begun in December and is not yet completed. 

Dudley-street Grade Crossing. 

Plans and estimates have been made during the year for 
several additional methods of abolishing this grade crossing. 

East Boston Grade Crossing. 

Estimates have been made of the cost of doing portions of 
this work. 

The Boston & Albany Railroad Company has made con- 
siderable progress in the construction of bridges and a drain- 
age system. 

Eastern- A VENUE Wharf. 

At the request of the Penal Institutions Department an 
examination was made of the wharf in April, and a report 
was made recommending rebuilding the wharf. The wharf 
was repaired in part, a few piles being driven ; some stringers 
were renewed, and two courses of planking laid on part of 
the wharf. The work was done by Lawler Bros. 

Freeport-street Retaining Wall. 

Early in the year plans and specifications were prepared 
for building an extension of the wall on the easterly side of 
Freeport street, Dorchester. The wall was built by Coleman 
Bros., under a contract dated December 4, 1903. Work was 
begun on March 24 and completed on May 20, 

The wall built under this contract is 200 feet in length, 
and of a height varying from 13 feet 7 inches to 16 feet 8 
inches. It is of granite rubble laid in Portland cement 
mortar, and has a cut granite coping. The cost of the work 
was $4,000. 

Long Island Wharves. 

In April an examination and report was made to the 
Pauper Institutions Department concerning the shore end of 
the easterly wharf. 

A plan and specifications have been made for replacing 
the northwest wharf with a longer one and having a longer 
landing for the boat. 



80 City Document No. 15. 

Mount Washington-avenue Bridge. 
Widening of Draw-way. 

The Secretary of War having ordered the draw-way of 
this bridge widened to 50 feet, a contract was made June 23 
with Seth Perkins for removing part of the old bridge 
adjoining the channel-way, making a width of opening of 50 
feet and dredging over the widening; the cost of contract 
work was $1,171.50. 

ShAWMUT-A VENUE BRIDGE. 

During the year 1904 the superstructure of Shawmut- 
avenue bridge over the Boston & Albany and the Provi- 
dence Division of the New York, New Haven & Hartford 
railroads was rebuilt under the direction of the Engineering- 
Department. The new bridge is a through plate girder 
bridge of two spans, having a total length of 116 feet 2i 
inches between faces of parapets of the abutments and a 
width of 60 feet between centres of outer girders. Each 
span is a skew span and has five main plate girders arranged 
so as to provide two roadways, each 18 feet 3 inches wide in 
the clear between wheel guards, and two sidewalks each of 7 
feet 2 inches clear width. Provision was made for carrying 
pipes and wires across the bridge beneath the sidewalk floors. 

The roadway floor beams are heavy built steel sections 
and the sidewalk beams are steel angles and channels. Road- 
way and sidewalk stringers are hard pine, those of the road- 
way being 12 inches by 11 inches in size. The roadway 
under-flooring is hard pine plank. The stringers and road- 
way plank were painted with two coats of " Cabot's 
Conservo," and the plank is further protected by a water- 
proofing course consisting of four layers of roofing felt, 
thoroughly mopped with roofing pitch, over which is a layer 
of concrete made of sand and road pitch. 

The sidewalk surfaces are hard pine plank. The roadways 
are paved with granite blocks and provided with cast-iron 
curbs at the wheel guards. Between the curbs and the 
girders the wheel guards are surfaced with asphalt. 

The rebuilding of the superstructure necessitated the 
building of new granite parapets for the abutments. 

Bids for the removal of the old bridge and building the 
steel superstructure and wooden flooring of the new bridge 
were received June 16, and the contract awarded to the 
lowest bidder, the Boston Bridge Works, Incorporated, for 
$11,598. Out granite for the new parapets was furnished 



Engineering Department. 81 

by the Rockport Granite Company and set by H. P. Nawn. 
The waterproofing and paving of the roadways was done by 
D. J. Kiley and the asphalting of the wheel guards was done 
by the Carr & Andrews Corporation. Iron railings were 
furnished and placed upon the outer sidewalk girders by 
P. J. Dinn & Co. 

The work of removing the old bridge was commenced 
September 27, and the new bridge completed December 10, 
1904. 

The total cost of rebuilding the bridge was $19,370.62. 

Miscellaneous. 

A survey was made of the ground around the monument 
on Dorchester Heights, South Boston, and a plan was made 
for an iron fence to inclose the monument. 

An estimate was made for repairing the wharf on Gover- 
nor's Island. 

Estimates have been made of the cost of abolishing various 
grade crossings on the line of the Old Colony Railroad in 
Dorchester. 

Respectfully submitted, 

William Jackson, 

City Engineer. 



82 City Document No. 15. 



CITY ENGINEERS. 

1850-1904. 



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 25, 1882.) 

N. HENRY CRAFTS, 

April 1, 1863, to November 25, 1872. 

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, 1885.) 

WILLIAM JACKSON, M. Am. Soc. C. E., 
April 21, 1885, to the present time. 



Engineering Department. 83 



APPENDICES. 



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 from February 1, 
1904, to February 1, 1905. 

Appendix C. — Table of surveys, plans, and profiles made 
by the Surveying Division of the Engi- 
neering Department from February 1, 
1904, to February 1, 1905. 

Appendix D. — List of streets where frontages have been 
obtained for the Sewer Division of the 
Street Department, for Sewer Assess- 
ments, from February 1, 1904, to Febru- 
ary 1, 1905. 

Appendix E. — Engineering Department property schedule. 

Appendix F. — Elevations referred to Boston City base. 

Appendix G. — Engineering Department Annual Reports, 
1867-1904. 

Appendix H. — Engineering Department, Revised Ordi- 
nances. 

Appendix I. — Meridian Line. 



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86 City Document No. 15. 



APPENDIX B. 



TABLE OF ACCIDENT AND OTHER PLANS MADE FOR THE 
LAW DEPARTMENT, FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1904, TO FEBRU- 
ARY 1, 1905. 

Boston Pkoper. 

Anderson street. Plan of street in front of No. 46. 

Arch street. Plan of street in front of Compton building. 

Ashhurton place. Plan of street corner of Bowdoin street. 

Astor street. Plan of street. 

Atlantic avenue. Plan of street at Richmond street. 

Atlantic avenue. Plan of street in front of No. 180, 

barton street. Plan of street in front of No. 5. 

Batavia street. Plan of street near Hemenway street. 

Battery street. Plan of street in front of No. 34. 

Berkeley street. Plan of street in front of No. 50. 

Blagden street. Plan of street in front of Athletic Club. 

Boylston street. Plan of street in front of No. 48. 

Boylston street. Plan of street in front of No. 355. 

Broadvmy. Plan of street near Albany street. 

BroadvKiy . Plan of temporary foot-bridge. 

Cambridge street. Plan of street corner of L3mde street. 

Causexoay street. Plan of street at Union Station. 

Causeway street. Plan of street in front of No. 22. 

Compton street. Plan of street in front of No. 29. 

Court square. Plan of street in front of Nos. 35 and 36. 

Court street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 35 and 37. 

Court street. Plan of street in front of No. 91. 

Columbus avenue. Plan of street in front of No. 345. 

Columbus avenue. Plan of street in front of No. 352. 

Columbus avenue. Plan of street in front of Nos. 368 and 370. 

Columbus avenue. Plan of street at Northampton street. 

Dorchester aventte. Plan of street opposite Mt. Washington 

avenue. 
laliot street. Plan of street at Carver street. 
Eliot street. Plan of street in front of No. 60. 
Exeter street. Plan of street in front of No. 9. 
FranJclin averiue. Plan of street between Cornhill and Brattle 

street. 
Goxiy street. Plan of street in front of No. 29. 
Hanover street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 335 and 337. 
Hanover street. Plan of street corner of Union street. 
Hanover street. Plan of street corner of Friend street. 
Harrison avenue. Plan of street corner of East Newton street. 



Engineering Department. 87 

Hoxoard street. Plan of street in front of No. 9. 
Hudson street. Plan of street in front of No. 32. 
Huntington avenue. Plan of street corner of Irvington street. 
Huntington avenue. Plan of street corner of Irvington street. 
Huntington avenue. Plan of street corner of Gainsborough street. 
Kneeland street. Plan of street in front of No. 49. 
Knox street. Plan of street at Ferdinand street. 
Lenox street. Plan of street in front of No. 117. 
Marshall street. Plan of street in front of No. 14. 
Mason street. Plan of street corner of West street. 
Melrose street. Plan of street in front of No. 21. 
Merrimac street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 1 to 6. 
Milford street. Plan of street in front of No. 41. 
Milk street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 156 to 160. 
Myrtle street. Plan of street in front of No. 135. 
JSlorman street. Plan of school-house land. 
Pembroke street. Plan of street in front of No. 67. 
Pine street. Plan of street corner of Harrison avenue. 
Province street. Plan of street in front of No. 34. 
Shawmut avenue. Plan of street in front of Nos. 120 and 122 
Shavjmut avenue. Plan of street in front of No. 230. 
Taylor street. Plan of street in front of No. 10. 
Temple place. Plan of street in front of No. 52. 
Treniont street. Plan of street corner of Winter street. 
Tremont street. Plan of street corner of Mason street. 
Tremont street. Plan of street corner of Boylston street. 
Tremont street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 259 and 261. 
Tremont street. Plan of street corner of Milford street. 
Tremont street. Plan of street in front of No. 798. 
Upton street. Plan of street in front of No. 15. 
Village street. Plan of street in front of No. 56. 
Waltham street. Plan of street in front of No. 95. 
Washington street. Plan of street corner of West street. 
Washington street. Plan of street in front of No. 362. 
Washington street. Plan of street corner of Lovering place. 
Washington street. Plan of street in front of No. 863. 
Washington street. Plan of street in front of No. 1585. 
Washingt07i street. Plan of street in front of No. 1835. 
Water street. Plan of street in front of No. 115. 
Willard street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 18 and 20. 

South Boston. 

Broadway . Plan of street in front of No. 161. 
Proadway. Plan of street near Emerson street. 
C street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 199 and 201. 
Columbia road. Plan of street at Old Harbor street. 
P street. Plan of street in front of No. 98. 
Dorchester avenue. Plan of street at Dorchester street. 
Gold street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 229 to 233. 
Telegraph street. Plan of street in front of No. 3. 



88 City Document No. 15. 



East Boston. 

JBennington street. Plan of street near Saratoga street. 
Bennington street. Plan of street at Saratoga street. 
Chelsea street. Plan of street in front of No. 105. 
Decatur street. Plan of street in front of No. 4. 
East Boston Ferry. Plan of gates. 
Paris street. Plan of street in front of No. 137. 
Paris street. Plan of street in front of No. 302. 
Paris street. Plan of street corner of Porter street. 

Charlestown. 

Bov:i street. Plan of estates. 

Bunker Hill street. Plan of street at Allston street. 

Chelsea street. Plan of street at Bainbridge street. 

City square. Plan of street at fountain. 

Henley street. Plan of street near Main street. 

Main street. Plan of street at Alford street. 

Monument square. Plan of street at High school. 

ROXBURY. 

Burnham street. Plan of street sewer. 

Cahmiet street. Plan of street at Huntington avenue. 

JDearhorn street. Plan of street in front of No. 54. 

Dudley street. Plan of street near Blue Hill avenue. 

Ehn Hill avenue. Plan of street near Howland street. 

Hampden street. Plan of street near George street. 

Kemble street. Plan of street in front of No. 27. 

Townsend street. Plan of street in front of No. 252. 

Tremont street. Plan of street at Comins school. 

Warreti street. Plan of street it front of No. 489. 

Warren street. Plan of street in front of No. 646. 

Warwick street. Plan of street corner of Windsor street. 

Washington street. Plan of street in front of Nos. 2131 and 

2123. 
Winthrop street. Plan of street at Kearsarge avenue. 

Dorchester. 

Adams street. Plan of street near New Minot street. 
Albion street. Plan of street corner of Dudley street. 
Dorchester avenue. Plan of street in front of No. 1511. 
Dudley street. Plan of street near Monadnock street. 
Elmo street. Plan of street in front of No. 18. 
E}rie street. Plan of street in front of No. 46 A. 
Esmond street. Plan of street in front of No. 88. 
Hamilton street. Plan of street at Columbia road. 
Hancock street. Plan of street. 
Norfolk street. Plan of street in front of No. 35. 
Oakland street. Plan of street. 



Engineering Department. 89 

Rosewood street. Plan of street. 

Stamoood street. Plan of street near Blue Hill avenue. 

Westville street. Plan of street in front of No. 56. 

West Roxbury. 

Centre street. Plan of street at Richards avenue. 
Hyde Park avenue. Plan of street near Ashland street. 
Oahmew terrace. Plan of street in front of No. 7. 
Thomas street. Plan of street in front of No. 25. 
Washington street and Stony brooJc. Plan of. 

Brighton. 

Cambridge street. Plan of street at High school. 
Commonwealth avenue. Plan of street near Warren street. 
Lake street. Plan of land at Washington street. 
Western avenue. Plan of bridge between Cambridge and Boston, 



90 City Document No. 15. 



APPENDIX C. 



TABLE OF SURVEYS, PLANS AND PROFILES MADE BY THE 
SURVEYING DIVISION OF THE ENGINEERING DEPART- 
MENT FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1904, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1905. 

Boston Proper. 
(North of Massachusetts avenue.) 

Albany street^ Oswego street to Broadway. Plan and profile for 
revised grade. 

Albion street^ Castle street to Paul street. Plan and profile for 
revised grade. 

Albion street^ Paul street to Dover street. Plan and profile for 
proposed grade. 

Alley ^ West Newton street to Berwick park. Plan and profile 
for laying out and established grade. 

Ash street^ Bennet street to Nassau street. Plan and profile for 
proposed grade. 

JBeach street^ Federal street to Atlantic avenue. Plan showing 
discontinuance. 

Beacon street^ Dartmouth street to Exeter street. Plan and pro- 
file for revised grade. 

Hennet street^ Washington street to Harrison avenue. Plan and 
profile for proposed grade. 

Berkeley street^ Cortes street to Chandler street. Plan and pro- 
file for revised grade. 

Blackstone street^ Hanover street to No. 149, Plan and profile 
for proposed grade. 

Broad street^ southeasterly side, Franklin street to Wharf street. 
Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Broad street^ westerly side, Central street to Water street. Plan 
and profile for proposed grade. 

Broadtoay^ Curve street to Lehigh street. Plan and profile for 
revised grade. 

Castle street. Plan and profile for revised grade. 

Causeioay street., southerly side. Friend street to Canal street. 
Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Cazenove street., at Columbus avenue. Plan and profile for re- 
vised grade. 

Chandler street., Ferdinand street to Berkeley street. Plan and 
profile for revised grade. 

Columbus avenue., Morgan street to Clarendon street. Plan and 
profile for revised grade. 

Central street, southwesterly corner Broad street. Plan and pro- 
file for proposed grade. 



Engineering Department. 91 

Cooper street^ North Margin street to Salem street. Plan and 

profile for proposed grade. 
Court street^ in front of Old Court-house and Nos. 49 and 51. 
Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Dartmouth street^ Columbus avenue to Huntington avenue. Plan 
and profile for revised grade. 

East Dedham. street, Harrison avenue to Albany street. Plan 
and profile for proposed grade. 

Miner aid street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Federal street, Dewey square to Fort Point channel. Plan show- 
ing discontinuance. 

Ferdinand street, railroad to Tremont street. Plan and profile 
for revised grade. 

Franhlin street. Broad street to Well street. Plan and profile 
for proposed grade. 

Frieyid street, easterly corner Sudbury street. Plan and profile 
for proposed grade. 

Gainsborough street, St. Botolph street to railroad. Plan and 
profile for laying out and establishing grade. 

Gloucester street, Newbury street to Commonwealth avenue. 
Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Harrison avenue, Broadway to Lovering place. Plan and pro- 
file for revised grade. 

Harioich street, Dartmouth street to Truro street. Plan and 
profile for revised grade. 

Hawley street, Summer street to Franklin street. Plan and 
profile for proposed grade. 

JIaymarlet square, westerly corner Washington street. Plan 
and profile for proposed grade. 

Kneeland street. Federal street to Atlantic avenue. Plan show- 
ing discontinuance. 

Lehigh street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Lime alley. Charter street to Commercial street. Plan and pro- 
file for revised grade. 

McLean street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Middlesex street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Motte street. Plan and profile for revised grade. 

3It. Washington avenue. Federal street to Dorchester avenue. 
Plan showing discontinuance. 

North Anderson street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Oneida street, at Albany street. Plan and profile for revised 
grade. 

Paul street, Tremont street to Albion street. Plan and profile 
for revised grade. 

Pinchiey street. Plan showing frontages. 

Public Garden, southwesterly corner. Plan showing paths, etc. 

Rollins street, Washington street to Harrison avenue. Plan and 
profile for proposed grade. 

Seneca street, Albany street to hollow. Plan and profile for 
revised grade. 



92 City Document No. 15. 

Shawmut avenue^ Corning street to Castle street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
South Ferry and Lewis wharf. Plan showing property lines, etc. 
Tremont street.^ Corning street to Lucas street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Village street., Castle street to Paul street. Plan and profile for 

revised grade. 
'Village street., Paul street to Compton street. Plan and profile 

for proposed grade. 
Washington street., westerly side, Haymarket square to Friend 

street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
Washington street., at Williams court. Plan and profile for pro- 
posed grade. 
Washington street, Corning street to Cobb street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
Washington street., Rollins street to Waltham street. Plan and 

profile for proposed grade. 
Water street, northeasterly corner Broad street. Plan and pro- 
file for proposed grade. 
Way street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
Well street, Franklin street to Wharf street. Plan and profile 

for proposed grade. 
West JS^eicton street, Tremont street to Columbus avenue. Plan 

and profile for proposed grade. 
Wharf street. Broad street to India street. Plan and profile for 

proposed grade. 
Winthrop square. Plan showing grand stand for Grand Army 

of Republic. 

South Boston. 

Columbia road, between I street and Q street. Plan showing 

estates for assessment. 
East Sixth street, between P street and Q sti-eet. Plan for side- 
walk assessment. 
Frederick street, between West Ninth street and Old Colony 

avenue. Plan and profile showing revised grade. 
Frederick street, between West Ninth street and Old Colony 

avenue. Plan for sidewalk assessment. 
-ff' street, between East Ninth street and Columbia road. Plan 

and profile showing established grade. 
P street, northerly from East First street. Survey to determine 

line of street. 
P street, between East Sixth street and Columbia road. Plan for 

sidewalk assessment. 

East Boston. 
(Including Breed's Island.) 

Pennington street, Chelsea street, to and across Orleans street. 
Plan and profile for revised grade. 



Engineering Department. 93 

Bremen street^ Putnam street to Curtis street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Bremen street^ Sumner street to Marion street. Plan and profile 

for grade. 
Chelsea street^ Bennington street to Shelby street, southerly side. 

Plan and profile for revised grade. 
Chelsea street, at Curtis street. Plan and profile for revised grade. 
Cottage street^ Gove street to Prescott street. Plan and profile 

for laying out and established grade. 
Curtis street^ Chelsea street to Pope street. Plan and profile for 

revised grade. 
Everett street, at Orleans street. Plan and profile for revised 

grade. 
Maverick square^ southeasterly side. Plan and profile for re- 
vised grade. 
Maverick streets Maverick square to Frankfort street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
Murray court, at Orleans street. Plan and profile for revised 

grade. 
Neptune road, Bennington street to Lubec street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
Orleans street, Webster street to Gove street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Orleans street, at both sides of Porter sti'eet. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Orleans street, at both sides of Prescott street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Orleans street, Bennington street, to and across Neptune road. 

Plan and profile for re^■ised grade. 
Pope street, at Curtis street. Plan and profile for revised grade. 
Porter street, Chelsea street to Lubec street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Prescott street, Chelsea street to Lubec street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 
Saratoga street, Chelsea street to Swift street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade, 
Saratoga street, Bennington street to Boston, Revere Beach & 

Lynn Raih'oad. Plan and profile for revised grade. 
Sumner street, Maverick square to Cottage street. Plan and 

profile for revised grade. 
Webster street, Lems street to and across Orleans street. Plan 

and profile for revised grade. 
(JVeio street), Chelsea street to Bremen street. Plan and profile 

for revised grade. 

Chaklestown. 

Arlington avenue, between Alford street and Fred street. Plan 

for sidewalk assessment. 
Beach street, corner Main street. Plan and profile for proposed 

grade. 



94 City Document No. 15. 

Benedict street^ between Lawrence street and Eutherford avenue. 

Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
Chelsea street^ between City square and Baiubi'idge street. Plan 

and profile for proposed widening. 
Dorrance street^ between Arlington avenue and Main street. 

Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
Main street^ corner Alford street, at Charlestown playground. 

Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
Polk street., between Bunker Hill street and-Medford street. 

Plan and profile for proposed grade. 
Russell street., between Auburn street and Sullivan street. Plan 

and profile for proposed grade. 

ROXBUUY. 

(Soutli of Massachusetts Avenue.) 

Alley., between Kendall street and Sawyer street. Plan and pro- 
file for laying out and established grade. 

Bellemte street., near Brookline avenue, northerly side. Plan and 
profile of driveways. 

Bromley park., Bickford street to Albert street. Plan and pro- 
file for revised grade. 

Bryant street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Camden street., Columbus avenue to railroad. Plan and profile 
for revised grade. 

Connolly street., off Fellows street. Plan and profile for laying 
out and estabhshed grade. 

Hampden street. Plan showing buildings. 

Hunneman street., southerly corner Harrison avenue. Plan 
showing fences, buildings, etc. 

Huntington avetiue and Worthington street., at Park entrance. 
Plan of land taken for school purposes. 

Iroquois street., Wait street to Fisher avenue. Plan and profile 
for proposed extension. 

Kearsarge avenue. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 

Linden Park street., Roxbury street to Linden avenue. Plan 
and profile for proposed grade. 

Massachusetts avenue., at southerly corner Newbiuy street. Plan 
and profile for revised grade. 

Mellen street^ Fisher avenue to Iroquois street extension. Plan 
and pi'ofile for proposed grade. 

Perrin street. Plan of land taken for school purposes. 

Sachem street., Hillside street to Iroquois street. Plan and pro- 
file for proposed grade. 

St. Stephen street., Gainsborough street to Bryant street. Plan 
and profile for proposed grade. 

Tremont street., Northampton street to Kendall street. Plan and 

profile for proposed grade of tracks. 
Whiting street., southeasterly side, Winthrop street to Moreland 
street. Plan and profile for proposed grade. 



Engineering Depaktment. 95 

'Wyman street, Lamartine street to Chestnut avenue. Plan and 
profile for proposed grade. 

Boston Haebor. 

Gallop's Island. Plan of a portion, showing buildings and 
levels on ground. 

Dorchester. 

JBullard street, Mt. Bowdoin avenue to Eosseter street. Plan 
and profile for reAdsed grade. 

Glarkson street, Hamilton streetTto Quincy street. Plan for side- 
walk assessments. 

Clayhourne street, Bowdoin street to Tonawanda street. Plan 
and profile for laying out and established grade. 

Crescent avenue, Newport street to New York, New Haven and 
Hartford railroad. Plan and profile for relocation. 

Floyd street. Blue Hill avenue to Callender street. Plan and 
profile for laying out and established grade. 

Hamilton street, Bowdoin street to Columbia road. Plan for 
sidewalk assessments. 

N^orfolk avenue. East Cottage street to Marshfield street. Plan 
for sidewalk assessment. 

Michigan avenue, Columbia road to Erie street. Plan and pro- 
file for revised grade. 

Page terrace, Bradshaw street to Page street. Plan and profile 
for proposed grade. 

Taylor street, Water street to New York, New Haven and Hart- 
ford railroad. Plan and profile for laying out and estab- 
lished grade. 

Wales street. Blue Hill avenue to Harvard street. Plan and pro- 
file for proposed grade. 

Washington street, Euclid street to Torrey street. Plan and 
profile for proposed grade. 

West Roxbdrt. 

Baker street. Plan and profile showing encroachment of fence 

and condition of street. 
Canterbury street, between Poplar street and the railroad bridge. 

Plan and profile to fix line and grade. 
Centre street. South street to Spring street. Plan and profile for 

relocation and established grade. 
Florence street. Bourne street to Hyde Park avenue. Plan and 

profile showing proposed laying out and established grade. 
Syde Park avenue, from Ashland street 250 feet southerly. 

Plan showing estates for assessment. 
Hyde Park avenue, Nos. 91 to 93. Plan showing encroachment 

of house. 
Hyde Park avenue, westerly side between Walk Hill street and 

the cemetery. Plan showing levels on the line of widening. 



96 City Docuiment No. 15. 

John A. Andrexo street. Plan and profile showing existing 

edgestone. 
Poplar street^ between Sycamore street and Washington street. 

Plan showing estates for sidewalk assessment. 
Poplar street\ "Washington street to Sycamore street. Plan and 

profile of street to fix grade. 
Proctor street^ Fairview street to "Walter street. Plan and profile 

showing proposed laying out and established grade. 
School street, between Amory street and Arcadia street. Plan 

and profile of edgestone. 
Sheldon street, near Prospect avenue. Plan showing gutters to 

fix grade. 
Spring street, at the Dedham line. Plan and profile of the 

bridge over the Charles river. 

Bright ox. 

Brighton avenue. No. 95. Plan for sidewalk assessment. 

Cambridge street, Nos. 382, 390, 432 and 416. Plan for side- 
walk assessment. 

Commonwealth avenue, at Cottage Farm. Plan and profile of 
edgestone to revise grade. 

Corey road, Washington street to the BrookUne line. Plan 
showing estates for assessment. 

Corey road, "Washington street to "Warren street. Plan and 
profile showing proposed extension, laying out and estab- 
lished grade. 



Engineering Department, 97 



APPEXDIX D. 



LIST OF STREETS WHERE ESTATE MEASUREMENTS HAVE 
BEEN OBTAINED FOR THE SEWER DIVISION OF THE 
STREET DEPARTMENT FOR SEWER ASSESSMENTS, FROM 
FEBRUARY 1, 1904, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1905. 

Boston Proper. 

(North of Massachusetts avenue.) 

Albion street. Compton street to Castle street. 
^ale street extension. Additional estates. 
North street. Blackstone street to North Centre street. 
Village street. Dover street to Compton street. 

Charlestown. 

Arlington avenue. Hamblen street to Somerville boundary line. 

Austin street, Lawrence street to "Washington street. 

Hamblen street. Arlington avenue to George street. 

High street. No. 44. 

Rutherford avenue. City square to Chapman street. 

Temple street. Dorrance street to Sherman street. 

EOXBURT. 

(South of Massachusetts avenue.) 

Fort avenue. Highland Park avenue to Beech Glen street. 

Oswald street. Calumet street to Hillside street. 

Smith street. "Whitney sti-eet to Huntington avenue. 

Station street. Columbus avenue to New York, New Haven & 

Hartford railroad. 
Vila street. From Kenwood road, westerly. 
Wctrren street. Intervale street to Brunswick street. 
Warren street. Moreland street to AYalnut avenue. 

Dorchester. 

Adams street. Butler street to Medway street. 
Searse street. Five hundred and eighty-two feet from Park res- 
ervation. 
Cedar street. Manchester street to Sanford street. 
Darling street. Norfolk street to Southern avenue. 
Eaton street. Off Tolman street. 

Hiawatha road. Blue Hill avenue to Tileston avenue. 
Levant street. Geneva avenue to Tebroc street. 



98 City Document No. 15. 

Private way. Highland avenue to Sheridan street. 
Mockviell street. Milton avenue to Washington street. 
Rosewood street. From Oakland street. 
South Eaton street. From Tolman street. 
Tehroc street. Bowdoin street to Levant street. 
Tileston avenue. Hiawatha road to Walk Hill street. 
Washington street. Ashmont street to Burt street. 

West Roxbury. 

Alder street. Roslindale avenue to Bellevue avenue. 

Auburn street. From Roslindale avenue 350 feet southeasterly. 

Beech street. Cypress street to Eastbourne street. 

Beech street. Washington street to Kittredge street. 

Bellevue street. Oriole street to Lark street. 

Berry street. Newburg street to Cornell street. 

Birch street. Penfield street to Albano street. 

Brook street. Orange street to Hill street. 

Colder street. Blue Hill avenue to Canterbury street. 

Cass street. Ashland avenue to Powell street. 

Cedar street. Washington street to Bellevue avenue. 

Centre street. Arundel street to Hewlett street. 

Cornell street. Washington street to Eastbourne street. 

Cypress street. Beech street to Bellevue avenue. 

Dudley avenue. Amherst street to Metcalf street. 

Fresno street. Alder street to Dudley avenue. 

Kittredge street. Norfolk street to Mayo street. 

Metropolitan avenue. Kittredge street to Clarendon park. 

Metropolitan avenue. Washington street to Dudley avenue. 

Meyer street. Catherine street to Mt. Hope Home. 

Orange street. Beech street to West street. 

Prospect avemie. Brown avenue to Sherwood street. 

Bexhame street. Belgrade avenue to Colberg avenue. 

Roslindale avenue. Beech street to Cornell street. 

Roslindale avenue. Auburn street to beyond Alder street. 

South street. Bradford terrace to Guernsey street. 

South street. Walk Hill street to Asticou road. 

Spalding street. South street to the railroad. 

Spring street. Gardner street to Baker street. 

Springville avenue. Spring street, northerly. 

Summer street. Autmian street to Powell street. 

Temple street. Vermont street to Keith street. 

Brighton. 

Cambridge street. North Harvard street southerly to Empire 

street. 
Empire street. North Harvard street, southerly to Cambridge 

street. 
Warren street. Commonwealth avenue, westerly about 1,100 

feet. 



Engineeeing Department. 



99 



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: 

2 Temple transits. 

7 Buff & Berger transits. 
1 Berger & Sons transit. 

1 P. & R. Wittstock transit. 

8 Gurley transits. 

1 Keuffel & Esser level. 

2 Temple levels. 

4 Buff & Berger levels. 
7 Gurley levels. 

13 Boston rods. 

4 New York rods. 

10 Troy rods. 

4 Philadelphia rods. 

Apparatus for blue printing. 

Cases for plans and books. 

Reference library, 1,431 volumes. 



14,287 plans engineering works, 

loose. 
14 volumes plans engineering 

works, bound. 
Photographs of engineering 

works. 
1 microscope. 
1 mercurial barometer. 
1 aneroid barometer. 
1 holosteric barometer. 
1 set hydrometers. 
1 hygrometer. 

1 pair field glasses. 
3 typewriters. 

2 dynamometers. 
1 pantagraph. 

3 calculating machines. 
1 volt meter. 

1 comptometer. 

2 thermophones. 
2 cameras. 

1 planimeter. 

1 Bourdon pressure gauge. 

1 Burroughs arithmometer. 



Surveying Division. 



2 Temple transits. 

1 Moody transit. 

4 Buff & Berger transits. 

2 Berger & Sons transits. 
1 Buff & Buff transit. 

1 Stackpole transit. 
1 Troughton & Sims transit. 
1 P. & R. Wittstock transit. 
7 Buff & Berger levels. 



1 Moody level. 
18 Boston rods. 
7 pipe rods. 
31,808 plans. 

3,770 lithographed maps. 
1 pantagraph. 
3 planimeters. 

1 Federal blue printing machine, 
No. 10. 



100 City Document No. 15. 



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. 
15.45 Coping old dry dock, Charlestown Navy Yard, at 

left of entrance. 
15.11 Coping old dry dock, Charlestown Navy Yard, 

new bench, over crowfoot. 
12.34 Greatest elevation of high tide, per United States 
Tide Tables, October 29, 30, November 27, 1905 
(11.7+.64) = 12.34. 
8.54 Least elevation of high tide, per United States 
Tide Tables, July 26, 27, August 24, 1905 
(7,9^.64) = 8.64. 
2.24 Greatest elevation of low tide, per United States 
Tide Tables, June 23, August 24, September 21, 
22, 1905 (1.6+.64) = 2.24. 
— 1.56 Least elevation of low tide, per United States 
Tide Tables, October 29, 1905 (— 2.2+.64). 
= —1.56. 
*0.64 Mean low tide. 

5.00 Piles cut off for building. 
10.00 Water works (old base) approximate tide-marsh 
level. 
0.38 South Boston flats base (State). 
9.82 South Boston base, formerly in use, but now aban- 
doned. 
— 100.00 Metropolitan Sewerage base. 
— 100.00 Charles River Dam Commission base. 
— 100.00 Boston Transit Commission base. 
— 4.98 Cambridge City base. 
0.64 Somerville City base. 
0.60 Harbor and Land Commission base. 

*Mean low water January, 1903. Computed from tidal observations taken during 
the year 1902, at the Charlestown Navy Yard, is 0.79 feet above Boston City base. 

John R. Freeman in Report on Charles River Dam, 1903, page 570. 

Kavy Yard base above Boston base is 0.58 

Mean High Water above Boston base 10.63 

Mean Low Water above Boston base 0.79 

Mean range of tide 9.84 

Mean Sea Level above Boston base ...... 5.71 

Definition of Boston City base: Boston City base is a datum plane 15 feet above the 
average height of the sill of the Charlestown Dry Dock. (Page 552.) 



Engineering Department. 



101 



The Metropolitan Park and Water Commissions, Brook- 
line, Newton, Waltham and Watertown also use the Boston 
City base. 

The following tidal records may be of interest : 

High Tides. 

[Plane of reference, Boston City Base.] 



Feet. 



Date. 



Where taken. 



By A\^hom. 



14.12 
15.20 
15.11 
15.27 
15.00 
14.97 
14.98 
14.71 
14.75 
14.92 
15.00 
14.77 
14.94 
14.75 
14.74 
15.04 
13.72 
13.95 
14.14 
14.40 
14.25 
14.16 
14.17 
14.17 
14.10 
14.11 
14.21 
14.23 
13.60 
13.00 
13.40 
13.00 



Jan. 23, 

Nov. 27, 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27 

Nov. 27; 

Nov. 27, 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 27, 
Nov. 27; 
Nov. 27 
Nov. 8 
May 20; 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25; 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25; 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25 
Nov. 25; 
Dec. 14, 
Feb. 17 
Jan. 14, 
Feb. 1 



1898 
1S98 
1898 
1S9S 
18V)8 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1898 
1900 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1901 
1902 
1903 
1904 
1904 



Mt. Washington-avenue bridge 

Neponset bridge, Dorcliester , 

Commercial Point, Dorchester , 

Fox Point, Dorchester 

Fort Point channel R.R. bridge 

Mt. Wasliington-avenue bridge 

Long wharf 

Sargent's vrharf 

South Ferry, East Boston 

Jeffrey's Point, East Boston 

Deer Island, Met. sewer station 

Charles-river bridge 

Warren bridge 

West Boston bridge 

Essex-street bridge 

North Harvard-street bridge 

Maiden bridge 

Maiden bridge 

Savin Hill, Dorchester 

Mt. Washington-avenue bridge 

Summer-street bridge 

South Ferry, City Proper 

South Ferry, East Boston 

Jeffrey's Point, East Boston 

Deer Island, Met. sewer station 

North Ferry, East Boston 

North Ferry, City Proper 

Maiden bridge 

North Ferry, City Proper 

North Ferry, City Proper 

North Ferry, City Proper 

North Ferry, City Proper 



A. B. Corthell. 
Joseph Dolan. 

B. K. Berg. 
H. E. Stevens. 
L. B. Bidweil. 
A. B. Corthell. 
H. W. Johnson. 
W. A. Rogers. 
Gateman. 

A. A. Martin. 
J. B. Black. 
M. G. Woodward 
Drawtender. 
M. F. Corkery. 
Howard Burgess. 
W. T. Pierce. 
F. P. Spalding. 
F. P. Spalding. 
M. Edmonds. 
R. G. Baker. 
T. H. Sexton. 
J. H. Edmonds. 
J. H. Edmonds. 
W. F. Ryder. 
Self-recording gage. 
J. H. Edmonds. 
F.P. Spalding. 
H. H. McNerlin. 
J. H. Edmonds. 
J. H. Edmonds. 
J. H. Edmonds. 
J. H. Edmonds. 



102 



City Document No. 15. 
High Tides — Concluded. 



Feet. 



Date. 



Where taken. 



By Whom. 



13.10 
13.10 
13.20 
15.27 
15.00 
15.00 
14.80 
15.00 
14.86 
14.70 
14.78 
14.79 
14.70 
14.80 
14.81 
14.78 
15.36 
14.70 
14.70 
14.70 
14.70 
14.70 
14.80 
14.70 
14.70 
14.70 
14.70 



Mar. 
Mar. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
.Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
.Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 
Jan. 



1 


1904 


3 


1904 


4 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 


25 


1905 



Mt. Washington-avenue bridge 

Mt. Washington-avenue bridge 

North Ferry, City Proper 

Milton bridge, Dorchester 

Neponset bridge, Dorchester 

Commercial Point, Dorchester 

Savin Hill, Dorchester 

L-street bath-house, South Boston 

L-Btreet bridge. South Boston 

Mt. Washington-avenue bridge , 

Boxbury Canal, at Massachusetts ave.. 
South Bay, at Massachusetts avenue — 

North Ferry, City Proper 

Charlestown bridge. City Proper 

Cambridge bridge. City Proper 

Essex-street bridge, Brighton 

North Beacon-street bridge, Brighton. . 

Chelsea bridge, Charlestown 

Maiden bridge, Charlestown 

Atlantic Works, East Boston 

Jeffreys Point, East Boston 

Prescott St., at Cottage st.. East Boston. 

Orient Heights, East Boston 

Chelsea-street bridge, East Boston 

Meridian-street bridge, East Boston 

Deer Island, Met. sewer station 

Moon Island, main drainage outlet 



Boston Terminal Co. 

Boston Terminal Co. 

J. H. Edmonds. 

Tide mark. 

Aug. Dennison. 

B. K. Berg. 

Michael Edmonds. 

M. F. Kelley. 

D. J. Lane. 

Boston Terminal Co. 

Thomas Murphy. 

Tide maik. 

.J. H. Edmonds. 

H. A. Bolan. 

M. G. Woodward. 

Howard Burgess. 

Tide mark. 

J. E. Murray. 

F. P. Spalding. 

N. B. Kelley. 

A. A. Martin. 

J. E. Carty. 

Tide mark. 

Angus McDonald. 

Daniel McFarland. 

Self-recording gage. 

Self-recording gage 



Low Tides. 




Deer Island, Met. sewer station 

South Boston station, Edison Electric... 

Deer Island 

Deer Island 



Self-recording gage. 
D. A. Harrington. 
Self-recording gage. 
Self-recording gage. 



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104 City Document No. 15. 



APPENDIX H. 



(Revised Ordinances, 1898, Chapter 16.) Engineering 

Depar,tment. 

Section 1. The Engineering Department shall be under the 
charge of the City Engineer, who shall be consulted on all matters 
relating to public improvements of every kind in respect to which 
the advice of a civil engineer or architect would be of service ; 
shall, unless otherwise specifically provided, take charge of the 
construction of all public works of the city which properly come 
under the direction of a civil engineer ; shall make such surveys, 
plans, estimates, statements, and descriptions, and take such 
levels and prepare such specifications and contracts as the mayor, 
the board of aldermen, the common council, any committee of the 
city council or of either branch thereof, the board of street com- 
missioners, or any oflficer in charge of a department, may need in 
the discharge of its duties ; shall, upon being notified by the 
superintendent of streets, supervise all repairs on the bridges of 
the city used as highways which affect the safety of the structures, 
and shall, when required by the mayor or any oflScer in charge of 
a department, measure the work done by contract for the city, 
and certify to the results of such measurement. Said engineer 
shall have the custody of all surveys and plans relating to the 
laying out, locating anew, altering, widening and grading of 
streets ; and his office shall be deemed to be the office of the sur- 
veyor of highways. 

Sect. 2. Said engineer shall, in his annual report, include a 
report upon the safety and completeness of all ponds, basins and 
reservoirs under the charge of the water department, and of all 
bridges within the city limits used as highways. 

(Stat. 1870, Chap. 337 — Stat. 1895, Chap. 449, par. 21.) 



Engineering Department. 



105 



APPENDIX I. 



Meridian Line. 

In 1870 an act was passed by the Massachusetts Legislature requiring 
each land surveyor in the State at least once in every year to adjust 
and verify his compass by the meridian line established in the county 
wherein his surveys were to be made. 

A meridian was marked by stone monuments and a book of record 
kept by a custodian designated by the County Commissioners. 

The law compelling surveyors to test their compasses annually was 
modified in 1875, so that surveyors who did not use the compass in turn- 
ing angles were relieved from the penalty attaching to the violation of 
the original act. 

The meridian posts for the County of Suffolk were placed on the 
southerly portion of the "Parade Ground," on Boston Common. They 
are granite posts, three in number, placed 200 feet apart, are eighteen 
inches square at the base, one foot square at the top, and eight feet 
long, being firmly set in a bed of concrete with their tops originally 
just below the surface of the ground. 

A stone curb was placed even with the surface of the ground over the 
top of each post, with a metallic composition cover. 

The surface of that part of the Common where the posts are set was 
raised several feet in 1897, the posts being protected by building a brick 
manhole around each stone, the posts being accessible by the removal 
of the manhole cover. 

As the cover and cap of the manholes are made of iron, it is now 
necessary to set up the compass in the production of the line marked 
by the monument to avoid local attraction. The point selected has 
been 290 feet north of the northerly stone. 

The following table gives the number of tests for each year with the 
average readings : 



Year. 


Number 

of 
Readings. 


Average of 

Readings 

West of 

North. 


Year. 


Number 

of 
Readings. 


Average of 

Readings 

West of 

North. 


1871 


9 
8 
3 
3 
3 
2 
8 

13 
4 
7 
8 
5 
5 
6 
8 
4 

14 


10-53-i6 
11-09-47 
11-07-53 
11-11-40 
10-58-33 
11-13-00 
11-12-35 
11-28-56 
11-35-15 
11-34-53 
11-28-23 
11-36-18 
11-42-04 
11-46-13 
11-43-12 
11-39-58 
11-51-54 


1888 . 


3 

7 
4 

1 

8 


11-40-57 


1872 


1889 


1873 


1890. 


11 39 56 


1874 


1891 


11 49 30 


1875 


1892 




1876 


1893 


12 32 20 


1877 


1894 




1878 


1895. . , 




1879 


1896 




1880 


1897 


19 na_.^7 


1881 


1898 ' fi 1 19 S4 S4 


1882 


1899 


1 ■*- "-^ ''■* 


1883 


1900 


8 12-33 45 


1884 


1901 




1885 


1902 


13 12-44-44 


1886 


1903 


8 j 12^3 42 


1887 


1904. 


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CONTENTS. 



REPORT ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT FOR 1904. 



[General Index to Contents Engineering Department Reports, 1867-1892, will be found 
in Report of February 1, 1892.] 

PAGE 
1 

2 
3 



Engineering Department 

Statement of Expenses, Engineering Department. 
" " " Atlantic-avenue bridge . 



" " " Abolishment grade crossings: 

" " " Austin street, Charlestown. .. . 

" " " Blue Hill avenue and Oakland 

street 

" " " Cambridge and Perkins streets, 

Charlestown 

" " " Congress street 

" " " Dorchester avenue 

" " " Broadway bridge, rebuilding. .. . 

" " " Maiden bridge 

" " " Northern avenue and Sleeper 

street 

" " " Shawmut-avenue bridge 

Bridges Inspected 

" wholly supported by Boston 

" " " " railroads 

" of which Boston supports the part within its limits. . 
" ti n u pays a part of the cost of main- 
tenance 

" supported by railroad corporations 

'' Boston & Albany 

R.K 

*' Boston & Maine 

R.R.andB.& A. 

R.R 

'' Boston & Maine 

R.R., Eastern 

Div 

" Boston, Revere 

Beach & Lynn 

R.R 

N.Y., N.H. & H. 
R.R., Midland 

Div 

N.Y., N.H. & H. 
R.R., Old Col- 
ony Div 

N.Y., N.H. & H. 
R.R., Prov. Div. 

" " " Metropolitan Park Commission 

" Total number C150) 

Bridges 

Agassiz road, in the fens 

Albany street, over B. & A. R.R. freight tracks 



10 
10 
10 

5 
11 
11 



108 City Document No. 15. 

Bridges, continued. page 

Allston, over B. & A. E.K 11 

Arborway, over Stony brook parkway 11 

Ashland street, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 11 

Ashmont street and Dorchester avenue, over Old Colony Div, 

N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 11 

Athens street, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 12 

Audubon road, over B. & A. R.R 12 

Beacon street, over outlet of the fens 12 

Beacon street, over B. & A. R.R 12 

Bellevue street, over Muddy river, in Riverway 12 

Bennington street, over B., R. B. & L. R.R 12 

Berkeley street, over B. & A. R.R. and Prov. Div. N.Y., 

N.H. & H. R.R 12 

Bernier-street foot-bridge, over Bridal Path, Riverway 13 

Eernier-street foot-bridge, over Muddy river 13 

Berwick park foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H, & H. 

R.R 13 

Blakemore street, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 13 

Blue Hill avenue, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. . . 13 

Bolton street, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H, R,R 13 

Boston street, over Old Colony Div, N,Y., N.H. & H. R.R 14 

Boylston street. Back Bay fens 14 

Boylston street, B. & A. R.R 14 

Bridle Path, over Muddy river, in Riverway 14 

Broadway, over Fort Point channel 14 

Broadway, over B. & A. R.R 14 

Brookline avenue, over B. & A. R.R 15 

Brookline avenue, over Muddy river, in Riverway 15 

Brooks street, Brighton 15 

Byron street, B., R.B. & L. R.R 15 

Cambridge street 15 

Cambridge street, over B. & M, and B, & A. R,R 16 

Canal, or Craigie's 16 

Castle Island foot-bridge 16 

Central avenue, over Neponset river , 16 

Charlesgate, in the fens, over B. & A, R.R 16 

Charlesgate, in the fens, over Ipswich street 16 

Charlestown 17 

Chelsea, over B. & M. R.R 17 

Chelsea (North) 17 

Chelsea (South) 17 

Chelsea street 18 

Circuit drive, over Scarboro' pond, in Franklin Park 18 

Columbia road, over Old Colony Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R.. 18 

Columbia road, over Shoreham street 18 

Columbus avenue, over B. & A. R.R. and Prov. Div. N.Y., 

N.H. & H. R.R 18 

Commercial Point, or Tenean 19 

Commonwealth avenue, in the fens 19 

Congress street 19 

Cornwall street, over Stony brook. West Roxbury 19 

Cottage Farm, over B. & A. R.R 19 

Cottage-street foot-bridge 19 

Dartmouth street, over B, & A, R.R, and Prov. Div. N.Y,, 

N.H. & H. R.R 20 

Dorchester avenue 20 

Dorchester avenue, over Old Colony Div. N.Y., N.H. & H, 

R.R 20 

Dover street 20 

Ellicott arch, in Franklin Park 21 

Essex street 21 

Everett street, over B. & A, R,R 22 



Engineering Department. 109 

Bridges, continued. page 

Fen bridge, in the fens 21 

Ferdinand street, over B. & A. R.R 21 

Forest Hills entrance in Franklin Park 21 

Gainsborough street foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. 

& H. K.R 22 

Gold street, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 22 

Granite to Milton 22 

Harvard to Cambridge 22 

Harvard street, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 23 

Huntington avenue, over B. & A. R.R 28 

Huntington avenue, over Mtiddy river 23 

Ipswich street, over waterway in the fens 23 

Irvington-street foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. 

R.R 23 

L-street bridge 23 

Leverett-pond foot-bridge, in Leverett Park 24 

Linden Park street, over Stony brook 24 

Longwood avenue, over Muddy river and B. & A. R.R 24 

Maiden 24 

Massachusetts avenue, over B. & A. R.R 24 

Massachusetts avenue, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R., 24 

Mattapan to Milton 24 

Meridian street 25 

Milton 25 

Mt. Washington avenue 25 

Neponset 25 

Neptune road, over B., R.B. & L. R.R 26 

Newton street, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 26 

Norfolk street, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 26 

North Beacon street 26 

North Harvard street 26 

Oakland street, over Midland Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 27 

Perkins-street foot-bridge, over B. & M. R.R. and B. & A. 

R.R 27 

Prison Point 27 

Public Garden foot-bridge 27 

Scarboro' pond foot-bridge, Franklin Park 27 

Shawmut avenue, over B. & A. R.R. and N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R.. 28 

Southampton-street bridges, over South Bay sluices 28 

Southampton street, over O.C. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 28 

Spring street 28 

Stony brook, in the fens 28 

Summer street, over A street 28 

" B " 28 

" C " 28 

" " Fort Point channel 29 

■' " N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R. freight tracks. . . . 29 

Warren 29 

West Boston, temporary 30 

West Fourth street, over O.C. Div. N.Y., N.H. & H. R.R 30 

West Rutland-square foot-bridge, over Prov. Div. N.Y., N.H. 

& H. R.R 30 

Western avenue to Cambridge 30 

Western avenue to Watertown 31 

Winthrop 31 

Wood Island park foot-bridge 31 

Surveying Division 32 

Lines and grades given, and paving work measured, 1904 : 

Boston Proper 37 

Brighton , 56 

Charlestown 44 



110 City Document No. 15. 

Surveying Division, continued. page 

Dorchester 48 

East Boston and Breed's Island 43 

Roxbury 45 

South Boston 41 

West Roxbury 54 

Plans in Surveying Division 57 

Miscellaneous Work and Construction in 1904: 

Atlantic-avenue bridge 75 

"• " reconstruction 68 

Broadway bridge, rebuilding 76 

Brookline-street bridge ( Boston to Cambridge) 78 

Circuit-street fence (Roxbury) 69 

Congress-street bridge, widening of draw-way 78 

Dorchester heights monument 81 

East Boston Ferries: 

South ferry, Boston side 69 

North ferry, East Boston side 69 

Eastern-avenue wharf 79 

Fort Hill wharf 69 

Franklin-street subway, Allston 69 

Freeport sti-eet retaining wall 79 

Gainsborough-street foot-bridge 69 

Grade Crossings: 

Dudley street 79 

East Boston 79 

Estimates, various ones on line Old Colony Div. N.Y., N.H. 

& H. R.R. in Dorchester 81 

Governor's Island wharf 81 

Harvard-street bridge, Dorchester 69 

Long Island wharves 79 

Mt. Washington-avenue bridge 80 

N orf olk-street bridge, Dorchester 70 

Paving wharf No. 2, 600 Albany street 70 

Shawmut-avenue bridge 80 

Street Department : 

Working plans, specifications and forms contract were pre- 
pared and forwarded for assessment streets 71 

Plans and specifications for repaving streets 71 

Plans prepared for assessment streets preliminary to con- 
struction 72 

Grading Street Railway Tracks: 

Boston Elevated Railway Company 73 

Surveys, Plans, etc 74 

Water Department : 

Electrical investigation 65 

Extension of mains 64 

Table showing the average monthly heights in feet, above 
city base, to which water rose at different 

stations on the Boston Water works 66 

" " monthly rainfall in inches during 1904 at 

various places in Eastern Massachusetts.. 66 

Thawing frozen services by electricity 65 

General statistics 67 

City Engineers, 1850-1904 82 



Engineering Department. Ill 

APPENDICES. 

PAGE 

Appendix A. — Table showing the widths of openings for vessels 

in all bridges provided with draws 84 

B. — Table of accident and other plans made for the 

Law Department 86 

C. — Table of surveys, plans and profiles made by 

Surveying Division 90 

D. — List of streets where estate measurements have 

been obtained for Sewer Division, Street De- 
partment, for Sewer assessments 97 

E. — Engineering Department property schedule 99 

F. — Elevations referred to Boston City base 100 

G. — Engineering Department annual reports, 1867- 

1904 103 

H. — Engineering Department, Kevised Ordinances ... 104 
I. — Meridian line 105