Lechmere Square

lechmere square east cambridge

Lechmere Square Canal

About Lechmere Square

Lechmere Square is named for loyalist Richard Lechmere, a landowner who returned to England during the Revolutionary War. According to the Cambridge Historical Association, his land was later seized by the American government, as it was a popular landing point for British troops.


The main draw to Lechmere Square is the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall, which is one of the few interior malls in the greater Cambridge area. It is home to many chain retail stores and restaurants.

Lechmere Square Station

Lechmere Square Station. Photo by Shawn Moore


Lechmere Square is located at the intersection of First and Cambridge Streets with the Monsignor O’Brien Highway.


About 347 parking spaces are available at the Lechmere T Station, in addition to the underground garage at the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall. There is also metered street parking.

Public transportation

Lechmere Square is accessible from several MBTA bus routes, including the 69, 80, and 87 lines. It is the last stop on the Green Line. It can also be reached from the free shuttle service at Kendall Square.

Fun facts!

  • The current renovations on the Green Line from Lechmere will extend into Somerville, allowing for greater accessibility
  • A 10-12 story hotel will be built at the location of the current station