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East Boston Piers Park

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1996, Pressley Associates. Marginal St.
  • East Boston Piers Park (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

When the Massachusetts Port Authority took the Olmsted-designed Wood Island Park for Logan Airport expansion, they reclaimed a 6.5-acre derelict waterfront parcel for new community open space. At the base of Camp Hill, the award-winning East Boston Piers Park enjoys one of the finest views of the Boston skyline and harbor. Pressley Associates converted the vacant marine industrial site into a landscape with varied activity areas and pavilions commemorating the maritime history of East Boston. The East Boston waterfront had also served as the debarkation point for the Cunard Steamship Company from Liverpool, England, welcoming thousands of immigrants through a now demolished immigration station. Near the park, the Immigrants Home (1911–1912, Harry W. Rowe) at 72–74 Marginal Street, a charitable organization founded in 1881 to assist new arrivals and now converted to housing, still testifies to the importance of East Boston in the history of American immigration.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "East Boston Piers Park", [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, 216-217.

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