Ellis Sylvester Chesbrough

Map of Boston Harbor Showing Commissioners' Lines, Wharves &C.

Lithograph, c.1852
Image size 22 3/4 x 41 1/4" (57.5 x 104.7 cm) plus margins.
Good condition save for some ink stains in the upper left. Some minor staining in right section of image.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93511
Price: $695.00
Publisher : Tappan & Bradford's Lith., Boston.
Prepared by order of the Harbor Committee of the City Council of 1852. Map of the area of Boston Harbor as it appeared during the mid-1800s, shortly after the city had started filling in much of the harbor to accommodate a growing population and industrial center. The map includes significant detail, including many islands, bridges, railroad lines, and streets in urban areas and along the wharfs. Waterline elevations are also drawn and marked with a key throughout the harbor. Particularly interesting are the lines marked in areas of the western harbor, noting the intended limits for building solid structures and pile wharves, and for filling the basin.

These details, along with other sectional divisions and measurements, indicate this map’s importance in planning for development in the harbor, under the Boston City Council and the civil engineer E.S. Chesbrough, who designed extensive water systems for the cities of Chicago and Boston.

This particular example includes some manuscript notations near the title.