The Speedway Administration Building that they designed in 1899 has considerable architectural and historical importance. The Boston Landmarks Commission’s 1978 inventory of Allston-Brighton architecture described this rambling structure as the best example of Shingle-style architecture in the general area. It has also been identified as an “artful blend of the Shingle, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival styles.”
Following the opening of the Speedway, the Charles River Speedway Administration Building was described by The Boston Daily Globe as a “magnificent mansion at the westerly end of the reservation... especially adapted to the purpose for which it was intended. It is a rather low structure, inclosing a spacious courtyard, and is a model of architectural design.”
However, this was not the first building that Stickney & Austin did for the Metropolitan Park Commission. In 1893, when the MPC was established, they hired the architect duo to take on the task of designing the facilities for recreation in the metropolitan areas of Boston. The work they did played a role in reflecting the ideals and social classes of the time. Their other locations for MPC work included Nahant Beach and Revere Beach.
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Marchione, William P. Allston-Brighton in Transition: From Cattle Town to Streetcar Suburb. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2007.
Boston Landmarks Commission. Charles River Speedway Administration: Boston Landmarks Commission Study Report. Boston: City of Boston, 2011.