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United South End Settlements, Harriet Tubman House

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1974, Don Stull Associates. 566 Columbus Ave.
  • United South End Settlements, Harriet Tubman House (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Headquarters for United South End Settlements and named for the fugitive slave who was an organizer of the Underground Railroad, the building is designed to accommodate a wide range of social services. The settlement house movement in Boston, a collaboration of philanthropists, academic institutions and religious organizations, was inaugurated in 1891 with the Andover House at 6 Rollins Street. Renamed the South End House in 1895 (see SE7), this organization was soon joined by Denison House (1893), Lincoln House (1895), and the Hale House and Harriet Tubman House (both 1904). In 1960, these various efforts merged to form the United South End Settlements (USES). Anchoring an important corner in the South End, their combined home, built of red-brown brick blocks, allows light into the generous atrium around which the offices and meeting rooms are organized.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "United South End Settlements, Harriet Tubman House", [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, 144-144.

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