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Property Name I. J. Fox Building
Reference Number 15000942
State Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Town Boston
Street Address 407 Washington Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/29/2015
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, COMMERCE
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The I. J. Fox Building, built in 1935 at 407 Washington Street, is an excellent example of a wellpreserved Art Deco commercial building in Boston's Downtown Crossing/Central Business District. The building meets National Register Criterion A for its association with the development of the retail core of Boston's Central Business District, and for its association with I. J. Fox, Inc., a nationally prominent, early to mid 20th -century luxury furrier. The building also meets Criterion C as a rare example of the Art Deco style in downtown Boston, designed by the New York-based firm Elias, Rothschild & Company and the locally prominent firm of Shepard & Steams. Since its construction, the I. J. Fox Building has been an integral element of the Washington Street streetscape, due primarily to its highly visible location and distinctive design and materials. The period of significance begins with the construction of the I. J. Fox Building in 1935 and extends to 1965, the standard 50-year cutoff period established by the National Register program.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria