Tracking Boston’s Cast-Iron Buildings from the North End through Downtown

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McLauthlin Building at 120 Fulton St (Photo by Jeremy C. Fox for Town Correspondent, Jeremy C. Fox, publishes a photo article of Downtown Boston’s cast iron buildings, starting with the oldest cast-iron building in New England, the McLauthinlin Building at 120 Fulton St.

In the 2008 revised edition of the “AIA Guide to Boston,” Susan and Michael Southworth write that cast-iron architecture didn’t catch on in Boston as it did in some younger cities because Boston was already well developed before architectural cast iron became popular.

Still, the city has a handful of cast-iron buildings ornate enough to rival any of those in other cities. Follow a path from the North End, through downtown, and just over the channel into Fort Point to see them all.

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