Three Decker Porches
Original Porches (top): 138, 142, 144 Elm Street
Altered Porches (bottom): 3 Ives Street, 71 Cambridge Street, 54 Freeland Street



The Three Decker represents a unique form of late 19th century residential architecture. Its compact design allowed working-class families to live near their workplaces at an affordable price. Built in a wide variety of styles, these homes, containing one apartment per floor, were eventually built with stacked porches. This allowed not only more recreational space, but also more opportunity for decorative millwork.

As more and more three deckers are no longer owner occupied, their porches are often removed entirely or closed in to form additional living space. These alterations destroy their individuality and distinctive character - transforming them into faceless, boxlike structures.


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