unusual Potemkin village in East Cambridge

December 17th 2014 02:54 am

Very close to where I work in Cambridge, there is a strange and inexplicable Potemkin village. I have worked in the same building for almost two years and did not notice it until relatively recently.

On the corner of Portland and Main St. there is a building that at first glance does not draw any attention, in retrospect quite deliberately. A few months ago I was walking by and idly ran my fingertips over the “brick” exterior, when I noticed it was covered with a veneer *painted* with windows, doors, etc.

Why the need for this faux exterior I do not understand. I have peered beneath and the true surface of the building is basically just some shabby brickwork; nothing that would obviously explain the desire to masquerade as something else. How strange!

Here is the location on Google maps:

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5 Responses to “unusual Potemkin village in East Cambridge”

  1. Adrian responded on 17 Dec 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    That’s very strange. I like the thin basement windows the best.

    BTW, I sort of wish you blogged all the time. I always like your posts.

  2. James Reischutz responded on 29 Aug 2016 at 8:47 pm #

    I think the place maybe was a candy factory, I kind of recall seeing foul, stinking, corn syrup pumped into a white building around there. It goes from like industrial poison chemical to joy for children.

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