Parks contract photographs, 1895-1982

Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission Division of Parks Engineering


16.03 cubic ft. (photographs in record center carton and 52 boxes).
Arranged by project.
The Engineering Dept. of the MPC and, from 1919, its successor in the MDC (known eventually as the Division of Parks Engineering) were responsible for planning, engineering, and supervising construction of parkways, bridges, locks, rinks, and other recreational and park facilities under the commissions' jurisdiction. Contract photographs were created to document construction projects by these agencies in Boston and surrounding communities -- (A few fall beyond the period of the Division of Parks Engineering.) Information includes description of image, name of contractor, contract no., dates, and photograph no. Projects include construction of the parkway system (Alewife, Middlesex Fells, Woburn, West Roxbury, Old Colony, Furnace Brook, Revere, Mystic Valley, ca. 1901-1947) and other roadways (Storrow Drive/Memorial Drive, McGrath Highway, Morrissey Boulevard, ca. 1950s); construction and maintenance of bridges, dams, and bathhouses, 1900-1960s; construction on reservations and beaches (the Esplanade, 1950s; Franklin Park Zoo Tropical Rain Forest, 1982; and Nantasket Beach, 1900-1925); and construction of Mystic River Flood Control (1950s). For additional photographs of these sites see: Massachusetts. Metropolitan District Commission. Reservation and facility photographs ((M-Ar)1252X).
When the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) was established in 1919 as a successor to the Metropolitan Park Commission (MPC) and the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board, the Engineering Dept. of the MDC's Parks Division continued the functions of the Engineering Dept. of the MPC. Known also as Park Engineering, Parks Engineering, and the Parks Engineering Dept., it was designated at least as early as 1953 as the Division of Parks Engineering, until absorbed into the Engineering Division by 1975.
Credit required: Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan District Commission.
Container list.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0097-A describes the history and functions of the Division of Parks Engineering.

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