Athenaeum Press

The Athenaeum Press Building is an historic building located at 215 First Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It occupies the entire block between First Street, Second Street, Athenaeum Street, and Linskey Way (formerly Munroe Street).

The front of the building resembles an Ancient Greek temple implemented in brick, patinated copper, and glass. Topped by a statue of Athena, it is visible from the Charles River and Longfellow Bridge.


The building was erected in 1895 by Lockwood, Greene & Company (with tile vaults designed by the Guastavino Company) and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It has 380,000 square feet of floor space and was renovated circa 2005.

Ginn and Company owned the Athenaeum Press for many years, printing textbooks there. Ginn later became part of the Penguin Group.

Current use

As of 2011, the largest tenant in the building is the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston which operates a fine dining restaurant called Technique on the first floor. Other occupants include the Cambridge Athletic Club (a local gym) and a variety of small businesses.

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