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Details for Benchmark: MY3289

N 42° 21.671 W 071° 05.880 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is UNKNOWN and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In MIDDLESEX county, MA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
CAMBRIDGE NECCO TANK
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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Spotted the tower as described.

[Photos:]
photoMY3289 in the distance.
Looking WNW from a couple blocks down Massachusetts Avenue where it crosses the train tracks.

Found as described in great condition.

Yup, the tank is still there.

[Photos:]
photoNecco tank atop Novartis building in background

saw it while caching in cambridge today.

Can see it from my condo :)

Plateaus

Found as described.

Seen from the street.

Wasn't planning on seeing it, but there it was!

[Photos:]
photoIt looks weird in this picture
Like there's a big shiny thing in front of it

Seen everyday at work. The original Necco "artwork" on the water tower has been "updated" by Novartis - the current residents. Novartis still refers to the 250 Mass Ave site in their Cambridge campus as "the Necco building".

[Photos:]
photoView from Albany Street
As seen from Albany Street between other buildings.
photoView from Albany Street/Mass Ave Intersection
A view from the Albany Street/Mass Ave Intersection showing the tower and the Novartis signage.
photoNewspaper article
This Boston Globe article from 2/4/04 details the quest for a new Necco Tower design for Novartis.
photoFrom roof of Necco Bldg
During a cell tower adjustment, I got this up close picture.

The necco building was bought and renovated by Novartis over the last 2-3 years. They really did a nice job saving what was a relatively attractive building. The tower remains amongst a host of new a/c units. It sports a new paint job reflecting the increasingly biotech flavor of the neighborhood.

[Photos:]
photoThe Novartis Building with Tower on Left

Recovered in good condition.

[Photos:]
photoPhoto

I believe that the colorful NECCO water tank in the picture is the one they are refering to in the description. The GPS confirms that it is the right block. This tank has a ball on the top, and it sits on a one story structure on the roof of a six story yellow brick structure, formerly owned by NECCO. Of course, the name on the tower might have been 'Zenno' ;)

Coincidentally, I have been doing some research on industrial sites, and the NECCO factory is one site I investigated. NECCO had painted the tower in 1997 as part of its 150th Anniversary. In 2003, they moved out of that building to a new facility in Revere. The building is being rennovated for commercial purposes (I believe), but the tower will remain as a landmark. NECCO's website: http://www.necco.com.

[last edit: 1/13/2004 5:17:12 AM PST]

[Photos:]
photoNECCO [Wafer] Tower

I really don't think this exists anymore, although I could be wrong!

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1934 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 (FLP) THIS IS AN INTERSECTION STATION. IT IS IN THE SOUTHERLY SECTION OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND ON A PLOT OF LAND BETWEEN MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, ALBANY, LANDSDOWNE AND CROSS STREETS AND ON PROPERTY OF THE NEW ENGLAND CONFECTIONERY COMPANY. THE STATION IS THE BALL AT THE APEX OF THE RED, CONICAL ROOF ON A BLACK SHEET-IRON TANK SET ON THE TOP OF A SQUARE 1-STORY STRUCTURE RISING ABOVE THE NORTHWESTERN END OF THE FLAT ROOF OF THE 6-STORY YELLOW BRICK BUILDING.
01/01/1939 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1939 (LWS) STATION RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. DESCRIPTION ADEQUATE.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in June 1998.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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