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Harbor Point Apartments

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1954, M. A. Dyer Co. 1988, Goody, Clancy and Associates. 1 Harbor Point Blvd.
  • Harbor Point Apartments (Keith Morgan)

Originally the largest product of post–World War II public housing in Boston, this project, located too far from urban transportation, became a center of crime that resulted in physical deterioration. Several factors led to the complete overhaul of the area—the nearby location of the University of Massachusetts, Boston (DR5), and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (DR3), a subway station, a renewed appreciation of the waterfront site, and the prosperity of the mideighties. Funded by public and private capital, state loans, federal housing subsidies, and HUD grants, the new master plan's goal was to create a community of mixed-income population in 883 market-rate apartments alongside subsidized units, town houses, and elevator apartment buildings. These units were interspersed with green spaces and even private gardens. Existing brick housing was renovated, sometimes by removing several stories or adding roof gables, cast-stone lintels, and bay windows. Architectural details are sometimes forced, particularly the attempt to duplicate an old New England vernacular in the gray-clap-boarded town houses.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Harbor Point Apartments", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 254-255.

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