THE EARLY DAYS
Daniel Marr arrived in America just before the turn of the 20th century. A skilled sea captain from Ireland, he came by way of Nova Scotia to start a new venture.
Daniel was able to transfer his seaman’s skills as a rigger and erector to business entrepreneur and in relatively short time, he and his son John opened their own construction business. Operations were limited to six, 10-hour days and were housed in an 8-foot by 16-foot office space. Though the early years were difficult, Daniel Marr & Son was successful in securing several large construction projects from the outset, unsuspectingly laying a solid foundation for future generations. Early projects included Commonwealth Pier 5 (1913); the Kneeland Street Power Station (1914); the Boston Commonwealth Armory (1915); and Braves Field (1915).
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR CUSTOMERS
The Marr brand has expanded from one to five separate businesses through the leadership of six generations of family members and numerous others who have dedicated their professional careers to the company. The sources of Marr’s longevity are clearly its people and the broad base of customers whom we have serviced for over a century.
Our customers, ranging from subcontractors and general contractors to owners, developers and civic leaders, have allowed us to build their high-rises, restore their landmarks and maintain their properties. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the growth and development of the neighborhoods of Boston and surrounding communities.
We spent a good amount of time in 2017 combing through past records and files of photographs of the people and projects that have been part of our 120-year history. We plan to share some of these treasures with you during this anniversary year and hope you enjoy looking back at the construction of Boston through the lens of The Marr Companies.