Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Not for the claustrophobic


Image: Odd New England

This is 44 Hull Street, the narrowest house in Boston. It measures just 10.5 feet in width and 36 feet in length, with ceilings standing only 6 feet, 4 inches high and an entrance that leads into an alleyway because the street-facing wall is too slim for a door.

Folklore has it that the house was built in the eighteenth century by gentleman who, upon returning from a trip abroad, discovered that his brother had occupied almost all of the property left to them both by their parents by constructing a large house. In retaliation, he built his house on the narrow amount of land that was left unused, thus blocking his sibling's view and just generally causing a nuisance.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mark Daniels said...

Is the place still occupied? It appears that it is.

11:47 PM  
Blogger D. B. Light said...

Nice picture. In Baltimore we have a place that is even narrower. It is in the Federal Hill district and measures just under nine feet in width. It is known locally as "the Little House." I would include a picture if I knew how to do so. Here's a link to a write up on it in the Baltimore City Paper.

http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=8573

1:17 AM  
Blogger Joyce Jun'r said...

Oh, yes, yr humble correspondent forgot to note that the house is still occupied. Must make for difficult moving.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Rob MacD said...

Have our humble correspondent seen this? Nice plug for Bostonia, but Baltimore tries to outdo fair Boston with an even slimmer abode.

8:45 AM  
Blogger WOLFHOUND said...

I used to live down the street from that house. right across from the copp's hill burial ground. the story in the neighborhood then was that the house was built by a rival ship captain to block the view of the harbor from the house behind it.

11:18 AM  

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