The MetroWest Daily News, Posted Jan 07, 2014 @ 06:23 PM
DEVENS — The Fort Devens Museum will host on Saturday, Jan. 18, an illustrated lecture on Fred T. Ley, whose construction company built the military base that played a key role in both World Wars and the influenza pandemic.
Starting at 1 p.m., former U.S. Air Force officer Dr. George C. Kingston will discuss Ley, whose construction company made what was then known as Camp Devens ready for use in in September 1917 less than three months from breaking ground.
Born in Springfield in 1872, Ley left school to work in the city engineer’s office where he taught himself surveying and managing contracts. Working with two brothers, he built a large construction company which built the Springfield water supply system and numerous large buildings. After completing Devens, Ley was chosen as general contractor to build the Chrysler Building in New York in 1928 which was temporarily the tallest building in the nation.