A triple decker on wheels

A triple decker in Boston on wheels

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo.



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Old School

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my first thought was

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my first thought was Frankfort street/Neptune road in in east boston, but judging by the hats/cars this photo was about 20 years before that

East Boston?

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I was thinking East Boston/Airport Expansion, too. But, also question the timing due to the clothes.

Neptune road East Boston ,

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Neptune road East Boston , House being moved by truck, by emminent domain , early stages of Logan Airport expansion, looks like the 1940's according to the humphry Bogart apparel & hats the men are wearing.


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Look how great these streets were before vinyl enveloped every surface. The difference is just stunning to see.

Nice Palladian windows

A lot of that crappy-looking vinyl siding is installed to encapsulate the hideous and costly to remove asbestos siding installed in the 1940's and 1950's. If this house is still standing I'll bet they've covered over the asbestos by now.

That and lead paint.

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That and lead paint. Abatement was too costly and risky for many families so they did the cheap and simple thing which was to install vinyl siding to contain it all.

No idea, but...

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I suspect that the house is being moved to the lot on the right side of the photo, about where the steel beams are. The telephone lines in the foreground haven't been moved out of the way, as they would most likely have been if the house was proceeding any further.

Is this possibly Centre St

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Is this possibly Centre St/Hyde Sq in Jamaica Plain? The wall in the background looks like it may belong to Angel Memorial

The Answer!

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Thanks for playing folks! This house is being moved from #408 Frankfort Street to #2 Milton Street in East Boston. The date is Sept 13, 1950


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where is milton street in east boston?
i don't know if it...is this correct?

Now Horace Street

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I got curious and did some research. It looks like these houses on Frankfort were moved to make way for access to the train tracks from Bennington Street to create Wood Island station. Apparently for some time Horace St. was called Milton St. (In 1912 it was Horace, in 1922 it was Milton, now it is Horace again). You can see this one and its transplanted neighbors lined up on Horace St. in East Boston.

Yes, I Think You're Right! - #4 Horace Street

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I was just as curious and have been searching it out myself too. This HistoricAerials.com comparison shows what happened when the Blue Line and Wood Island Stations were built through that neighborhood. What is now called Horace Street didn't exist in 1938, but did in 1955.


Note: to interact with this map on the HistoricAerials.com website, start by searching for the location coordinates:
Then, use the Compare pull-down and select Slide (or Dissolve)
Select 1938 on one side and 1955 on the other.

The house at #2 Horace Street today, is definitely not the house being moved. However if Milton Street had odd and even numbers on the same side, then #2 Milton would be #4 Horace today:
Google Maps Streetview

If you stroll down the Streetview, all of the houses in that stretch appear have been moved there as well. Alas, none of their Palladian windows remain.

Not Today

That google image looks like it was taken in the fall. Massport bought that 3 decker in the past few months and razed it in April.

Any idea why?

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There's a housing shortage in this city. Why has Massport been buying residential properties and razing them? Unless there are concrete plans for that property, it seems like an awfully wasteful practice.

Really, Massport did not

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Really, Massport did not swallow up that house, looks like a great setting for a Movie..or a TV sitcom..

Triple decker being moved

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I couldn't believe my eyes today when I stumbled across this photo. I grew up in this house. The house was originally located on Pope Street and was moved to 409 Frankfort street to make way for the route 1 highway. My father moved into this house when he was 16 years old after my grandfather bought it in 1932. He inherited this house and lived in it until he died at the age of 91 in 2007.

My parent used to talk about the evening when there was a knock on the door after they had just finished dinner. A surveyor from the MBTA told them that there house was in the path of the Blue Line expansion and would be taken by eminent domain and moved. They were forced to sell to the MBTA with the option of buying it back after the move to Horace Street. After World War ll, there was a housing shortage, so houses had to be moved instead of torn down. My older sister was a three month old infant at this time and I was to be born three years later at the Horace Street location. This house was moved twice.

The MBTA surveyor told my father that although he did not realize it at the time, that he was among the lucky ones who would escape this area. The above ground railroad split the street into two sections and the remaining houses had railroad tracks in their backyard. Some houses had a view of the train platform from their windows.

My parents always spoke fondly of their time on Frankfort Street as at one time this area that included the Neptune Road area was one the the most beloved and prestigious areas of the city.

As time passes fewer and fewer can remember the recreational area and the harbor. Frederick Law Olmsted designed Wood Island park with it beaches and boating and hatch shell like the one on the esplanade. There are currently no houses left in this neighborhood and the park is a runway and the harbor has been filled.