The blocks of the South End between Harrison and Albany streets comprise a substantial, early industrial district of Boston. The land east of Washington Street was extended by landfill throughout the mid-nineteenth century. Beyond Albany Street, the area had waterfront access by the Fort Point Channel, South Bay, and Roxbury Canal until the early twentieth century. Because of the port access, the waterfront area filled in with lumber yards. Many builders and industries that produced wooden architectural and furniture products sprang up in the area.
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