Boston Naval Shipyard

Also known as: Charlestown Navy Yard
E of Chelsea St., Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts


Charlestown Navy Yard, Shipfitters' Shop

1. Exterior view southeast, First Avenue facade.

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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The Charlestown Navy Yard complex (also known as the Boston Navy Yard or Naval Shipyard), listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, is a designated National Historic Landmark. It has historical significance as one of the oldest U.S. Naval Shipyards (1800) and was decommissioned in 1974. The Shipfitters' Shop has historical significance for its integral role in the shipyard as a sheet metal, casting mold, plumbing and structural shop and for its innovation in consolidating formerly scattered shipfitting tasks into an organized fabrication and assembly process. It also has architectural significance as a large industrial building in the Classical Revival Style by the Navy Public Works Office's early 20th-century construction program. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER MA-90-30)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Industry; Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Military; Engineering; Transportation; Architecture; Invention
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Naval facility; Water-related; Manufacturing facility
Current functions
Naval facility; Park; Water-related; Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1925-1949
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 74
Contributing structures: 47
Contributing sites: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 23

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett