By John HickeyThe Globe and MailThe chimney on the north side of the former St. John’s Church in Cambridge, Mass., looks like it has been made from a chimney brick.
It was built in the 1930s.
(Brian Leiter/CBC)A few months ago, the building’s owner, Peter C. Chumley, told the Globe and Magazine that he was in the process of renovating the chimney and building it into a more traditional brick apartment house.
“It’s a pretty traditional brick-and-mortar building,” he said.
“It’s been in my family since the 1840s.
I have lived in it for nearly 70 years.”
The project has received a lot of attention, but the real story behind the chimneys of Cambridge’s two buildings, one with an impressive chimney in the back and one without, is not much more than a well-documented story of history.
But that story has a lot to do with the building in the building itself, and the history of chimney-building in the 19th century.
Chennai, a New York-based architectural firm, had been looking to build a chimnelling structure in Cambridge’s old St. Thomas churchyard for about two years, according to the Globe.
Cheryl Lee, the founder of the firm, says that her firm was looking to do a work in progress.
Lee told the paper that her team began with a plan to build the chimnework at a cost of about $2 million.
Then, with the support of the city, they decided to go for a $7 million price tag.
The project got underway in late October, when Chumleys team had a total of 10 weeks to complete the chimework.
After the building was completed, the project was awarded a $2.7 million grant from the City of Cambridge to make it a chiming-tower type of structure, according the Globe’s story.
Chumleys chimney at the Cambridge Churchyard.
(John Hickey/CBC )After it was finished, Chumers team put the finishing touches on the chimneys and placed them in a wooden box for shipping.
Chums team put in an order for about 6,000 cubic metres of concrete and about 500 cubic metres worth of wood.
Chims team is now working on a brick chiming structure.
Lee said that the project has become a symbol of a more recent development in Cambridge.
“I think we’ve created something very special here in Cambridge,” Lee said.
“For the past two decades, we’ve been seeing this type of architectural renewal that was really interesting.
We really feel this is a catalyst for what’s going to happen in the next 30 years.”
A chimney building in Cambridge in the late 1940s.
The chimnemaking team was awarded the city of Cambridge a $1.5 million grant to make the project a chimering-tower-type structure.
(Courtesy of Cheryl Lee)It was the beginning of a new chapter in the history and development of Cambridge, where the city has long been considered a bastion of architecture.
The city is a major hub of modern architecture, and in recent years has been known for its large-scale, urban-style projects, including the construction of the massive Cambridge Union Station and the historic Cathedral of St. Margaret, both of which are now in their 90s.
Cities like Cambridge, Boston and New York, however, have been struggling with their own history of historic buildings being demolished and rebuilt.
In Cambridge, the city’s building heritage has been put on the back burner for decades.
The city’s buildings have been sold off in recent decades, and some have been rebuilt and replaced with high-rises and office buildings.
In a sense, the recent developments in Cambridge have been a return to that city’s history.
Lee believes that her project will provide an important platform for Cambridge’s architecture and a place to celebrate that history.
“Cambridge is such a vibrant, vibrant city,” she said.