South End Census Tract 708 Block Group 1 - 1960

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Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio n/a
income group Medium
Range Heights 5-6
basic project statistics
gross building area 100500
units 657
population 1108
site area 67000 sq. m
coverage 35.00
parking 0
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
Buildings in South End are mainly 5 stories red-brick structures with a mixed use of residential and commercial. “The most common styles are Renaissance Revival, Italianate and French Second Empire, though there are Greek Revival, Egyptian Revival, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne style houses, among several other styles. Row houses built in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, especially along the present Southwest
Corridor Park show the influence of Charles Eastlake in the incised decoration on stone trim. Despite the style, a common palette of red brick, slate, limestone or granite trim, and cast iron railings provide great visual unity. Today, the South End is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Boston Landmark District.” (excerpt from wikipedia)

The neighborhood began as a burgeoning middle class one in the 1870s, and with the whites leaving the neighborhood in the 1880s, it gradually became a tenement district attracting new immigrants. It has a large population of black middle class, and is also famous for the concentration of gay men since the 1940s.
Most buildings existing in the 1960s were preserved until today, with the infill of several 7-8 stories high apartment buildings, the density of population and units has increased.

1. All photos and maps are from Caminos, Horacio. Urban Dwelling Environments; an Elementary Survey of Settlements for the Study of Design Determinants. Cambridge, Mass: M.I.T. Press, 1969, Total Area and Building Area are estimated from maps. DU/Ac DU/Ha, POP/Ac, POP/Ha data are from relevant
information in “locality segment“ p.69.

2. U.S. Census of Housing, 1960, City Blocks, Boston, Mass. Washington, D.C: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1961. p.12. The total population and housing units of census block 11-18, census tract L-1