Jamaica Plain, May 2015

porch

     porch living, jp  (sonya kovacic)

porch living, jp (sonya kovacic)

In Boston, porches are synonymous with a popular form of architecture from the late 19th/early 20th century-- the triple-decker. Triple-deckers allowed recent immigrants and the working class to own property, live away from the city, and have outdoor space with porches.

From the Boston Public Library:

"During the 1870' s, suburbs such as Allston, Jamaica Plain and Dorchester were annexed to Boston and the horse-drawn streetcar system was extended to serve them. This set the stage for a period of tremendous economic and physical development in Boston. Given the opportunity to move from the crowded conditions of the old "walking" city, a rapidly growing middle class chose to move to the new "streetcar suburbs," where they were able to afford a free-standing one-, two- or three-family wooden house with enough land to provide a sense of individuality.

The triple-decker evolved as a unique and enormously popular housing style during the period of sustained building activity that began around 1890 and lasted into the 1920' s. By 1920, approximately 15,000 triple-deckers had been constructed in Boston, and the style had spread throughout New England. Free-standing houses with a two- or three-bedroom apartment on each floor, triple-deckers provided more light, fresh air and suburban green space than the older brick row houses closer to the center of the city.
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Tomorrow is PorchFest in Somerville! Porches all over Somerville become performance spaces for local bands. Take a look at this map to see which bands are playing and where.

JP will have their second annual Porchfest on July 11th.