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Lincoln Wharf

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1901, 1907, Sheaff and Jaastad and George A. Kimball; 1987, The Architectural Team. 357 Commercial St.

Once the principal powerhouse of the MBTA, this monumental structure has been converted to low-to-moderate-income housing. On a prime real estate site, this transformation is the result of collaboration between the City of Boston and the San Marco Housing Corporation. Units are grouped about a central skylit atrium, supported by a grid of steel beams. A colossal triad of arches serves as the main fenestration of the Commercial Street red brick facade, set between a diaper-patterned entablature and a drafted masonry base, with the whole echoing the neighboring warehouses.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Lincoln Wharf", [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, 79-79.

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