Building Old Cambridge
Old Cambridge is the traditional name of the once-isolated community that grew up around the early settlement of Newtowne, which served briefly as the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and then became the site of Harvard College.
As noted by its publisher MIT Press, Building Old Cambridge (2016) is an abundantly illustrated volume from the Cambridge Historical Commission that traces the development of the neighborhood as it became a suburban community and bustling intersection of town and gown. Based on the city's comprehensive architectural inventory and drawing extensively on primary sources, Building Old Cambridge considers how the social, economic, and political history of Old Cambridge influenced its architecture and urban development.
In the video below, authors Susan Maycock and Charles Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission discuss some of the material covered in their book.
As the authors note, this is a BIG book (nearly 1,000 pages). I am glad to have a copy of it. Lots to learn about the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts!