Brian Beaucher, Steven Beaucher, and Julie Richmond
In 2004, WardMaps was founded by brothers Brian Beaucher and Steven Beaucher along with Julie Richmond. WardMaps was created as an outgrowth of their mutual interests in historic urban cartography, digital graphics and online business. Today, WardMaps is the largest online reseller of authentic antique 19th and early 20th century cadastral (often called real estate or plat) maps.
Throughout history, maps have shown us the routes of our travels, the cities that we love, and the lands where we live. Each mapmaker, a.k.a. cartographer, has brought a unique style to documenting our world, and because of this, there are troves of beautiful maps out there for us to admire. To tap into our seemingly inherent interest in maps, one must visit an incredible map store out of Cambridge, Massachusetts called Ward Maps.
Ward Maps is located on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, in between the Harvard and Porter MBTA stops. The store specializes in real estate maps, but they carry a variety of styles and cities. Their selection of maps is so great that one visit will most likely not give you enough time to check it all out.
Ward Maps scan all of their acquired maps and makes exquisitely professional prints in a number of sizes. On my second to last trip, I purchased two vintage reprints of hyper localities in Jamaica Plain, Boston. During this last time around, my friend bought a vintage reprint of Chicago in 1893. Incredible!
If you don't live in the Massachusetts area, don't you worry; Ward Maps carries every single one of their maps on their online shop. Go on their site right now, and see if they've got the map you've always wanted. Fair warning - you will want more than just one.