Considering Our Future: 105 Windsor St.
A City Building for Community Enrichment
A Brief History
1802 — Andrew Boardman sells a plot of land, later known as 105 Windsor St, to the City for $1 on the condition they build a schoolhouse on the plot
1868 — The original schoolhouse is torn down, and replaced by a 2-story brick building that still stands today
1928 — The Boardman School ceases operation and the City uses the building for storage needs
1938 — The City refurbishes the building as a neighborhood recreational center
1973 — The site is leased out as a family health center and a senior center
1984 — The building is remodeled, but shortly thereafter vacated
2020's — 105 Windsor St. is considered for renovation and re-occupation
After scouting out numerous potential locations for the Cambridge Museum, Councilor Simmons and the Museum Committee have set their focus on 105 Windsor Street. This City-owned building traces its origins to 1868, when it was built as the first brick elementary school in the city. The specific plot of land, however, dates back even further to 1802 when it was sold to the City for $1 with the express purpose of becoming the site of future schoolhouses to serve local educational needs. This purpose is reflected in the building housing the Boardman School for 60 years and then in its later refurbishment as a neighbourhood recreation center and library, a family health center, and a senior center.
For the better part of the past 150 years, the brick building at 105 Windsor St. has been a community-focused site, and we strongly feel that in housing the Cambridge Museum this tradition of education and enrichment would be continued. Beyond this, 105 Windsor St. represents the perfect location to serve as both a literal entrance to the Port community—one of the most vibrant, diverse, and historic locations in Cambridge—and as a metaphorical gateway into its rich, storied past.
The next steps in this process include raising community awareness about the Museum Committee’s work and presenting vocal support of the Museum’s occupation of 105 Windsor St. to the City Council. If you’re interested in supporting our undertaking to repurpose 105 Windsor St. as a museum that speaks to the mosaic of histories in Cambridge and provides a new, accessible community space for engaging with our past and our future, please contact us to find out ways you can help demonstrate interest.