Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An old Stable

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in Massachusetts by a reader.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #332?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This weathervane sits on a cupola above the Metropolitan Police Stable building located at 1 Land Boulevard in East Cambridge, Massachusetts.  You might recognize it as the small brick building now located next to the Museum of Science garage.  This 1910 building was originally a stable for police horses, and then used as a garage for police vehicles. The Metropolitan Police used this building until the 1990s, and it is now vacant.  According to the website below it was slated for exterior repairs in 2013. It doesn’t appear that this was completed (or they forgot to fix the weathervane!).

The Metropolitan District Commission Police were formed in 1893 for law enforcement on all MDC properties, including reservoirs, waterways and watersheds, and full jurisdiction throughout Greater Boston.  The MDC police were merged into the Massachusetts State Police in 1992, and no longer exist.

This photograph is dated Aug. 16, 1912
The Museum of Science is now located in the foreground,
where the men are playing a game of baseball.
The Massachusetts Archives Photography website.

Today’s weathervane photograph was sent to me by Rebecca Colbath Carlino.  She took the photo from the Museum of Science garage.

Thanks, Rebecca!

For more information: 

From the State of Massachusetts website (the old stable building):

The History of the MDC Police


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ An old Stable", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 11, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

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