Nobody’s Home is a miniseries focusing on the problem of vacant housing in the United States. It’s strange to listen to in Boston where the shortage of housing is the big problem. But this episode on gentrification and the long history of inequality in housing ties both issues together well.
The history of kit homes sold by Sears, Roebuck from catalogs. Additionally, the story of how adaptive reuse is transforming the distinctive architecture of former Sears plants in cities throughout America.
The three-decker (sometimes called triple-decker) is a type of apartment building that is prominent in eastern Massachusetts but rarely found elsewhere. It’s a simple design in which each of the three floors is a single apartment. These were built primarily from 1870s to the 1920s as an economical way of housing lots of immigrant workers, but having more light and fresh air than row houses.
I’ve lived on the top floor of a three-decker for 18 years now, first in Somerville, now in JP. Because the floorplan is virtually identical, I find myself having memories of things happening in this house and then realizing that they happened in the previous house. Most three-deckers are pretty simple, unadorned wood-frame structures. But on Brookside Street in Jamaica Plain there are a series of three-deckers with decorative elements of Victorian architecture styles known as The Seven Sisters (sadly, one of them burnt down so only Six Sisters survive).
Post for “T” in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.