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<![CDATA[archBOSTON.org - Boston Architecture & Urbanism]]> http://www.archboston.org/community Discussions and photos regarding Boston area architecture and urbanism. en Thu, 16 Aug 2018 23:54:16 GMT vBulletin 5 http://www.archboston.org/community/images/misc/rss.jpg <![CDATA[archBOSTON.org - Boston Architecture & Urbanism]]> http://www.archboston.org/community The Boston Three Decker as Housing Stock http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5696&goto=newpost Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:08:08 GMT From part of a comment Fitchburg line made in the Julie Hall thread.
Quote:

(Also: profit grubbing? Nonprofit developers didn't build Beacon Hill, Back Bay, North End, all triple deckers, etc)
A rather fascinating narrative on the history of the three decker.
https://www.dotnews.com/2018/profili...n-three-decker

Quote:

Early on, variants of three-deckers were solid investment properties for wealthy builders who could live in one house and use neighboring ones for rental income. But the housing stock was maligned by anti-immigrant groups, said independent museum consultant Deedee Jacobsohn at the April conference at All Saints Church in Ashmont. Housing organizations, partnering with the Immigration Restriction League, claimed they were made with balloon framing, were structurally shoddy, susceptible to fire, and had crumbling roofs and chimneys.

In a 1911 report, the Massachusetts Civil League and the State Housing Committee wrote: “Foreigners are coming in increasing numbers, and with them are also coming the shack, the converted house which has seen better days, the familiar frame tenement, and the wooden “three decker” which, besides being objectionable on other grounds, is a flimsy fire-trap and a menace to human life.”
^^^ From the narrative.

And I learned that Ted Williams lived in a three decker while playing for the Sox, ]]>
stellarfun http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5696
Diagrams on Skyscraperpage http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5691&goto=newpost Sat, 11 Aug 2018 11:55:35 GMT When you type Boston (+Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Brookline, Quincy, Chelsea, Newton) into Skyscraperpage's diagrams page and search for buildings under construction, this is literally the entire list of buildings it shows!

Capture by David Z, on Flickr


This is something that has been bothering me for a while, and I don't want to be the only person who ever follows up to get it updated (Odurandina, where are you?!). Appropriate backup on the heights is needed and it can be a pain to be the only person looking for it.

Buildings that are missing completely over 200'....
Topped out:
Northeastern Dorm - Columbus Ave Student Housing (272')
Julie Hall Emannuel Dorm (~205')
MXD Cambridge (300', or possibly 314' according to Odurandina)

Well underway over 200':
Echelon, ie M1-M2 in Seaport (~260', x3 separate towers)
NEMA Seaport (~250'-260')
Marriott Moxy (273')
MIT's 5(?) tower project East Campus (highest dorm tower is 381', unsure about rest but all over 200' and up to 295')
Mass + Main Residential in Central Square (~205')

More under 200':
Education First Cambridge
Northpoint blocky thing Cambridge
Six West Broadway Hotel South Boston

There are also some issues with the proposed section for anybody who wants to continue to fight the good fight, but for now it's really glaring to not have any of these above buildings listed when they are all out of the ground, many topped out! ]]>
DZH22 http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5691