Thursday Doors: The Last Tenement


This building stands alone next to Boston’s sports and concert arena, the highway, and a federal office building. It wasn’t always alone. There used to be twenty-nine others just like it in a row. And hundreds more that filled the West End. Now, 42 Lomansky Way is known as the last tenement. The sole survivor of urban renewal. The city was just growing too fast and space was needed. The West End had fallen on hard times as families moved out to the suburbs. It was the logical choice to level the area for new construction. A few buildings remained because of their location next to the old sports arena and elevated subway tracks. Now the old arena is gone and the tracks are underground; yet, the last tenement remains

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21 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: The Last Tenement

  1. reocochran

    This is very cool to have found this and great the city continued to keep it so we may remember tenements and how homey this looks. Hope you’re having a great end of the week, Chris.

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      1. reocochran

        It is nice when you stumble upon a rough stone which seems like a gem to me. My grandparents lived in Brooklyn where a tenement may have several families of different origins living in same tall building. They were German (grandma) and Swedish (grandpa.) “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” reminds me of their newlywed lifestyle. This could be in any main city along the east coast having roots. . . and “stories to tell.” πŸ™‚

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        There was a great article in the Boston Globe that I found online. It chronicles the various owners and what the census data said about the people that lived there. If those walls could talk. Cheers

  2. DeniseBalog

    Wow! So many thoughts going through my on the history and what once was there. My Dad was raised in “Southie'” I will I could have had the opportunity to hear if he remembered the “Tenement” brick houses. Excellent post Mitch. Thank you!!

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      I found an old office building crowded in among all the modern ones. It is kind of interesting, but not really post worthy. It is vacant. I think someone should buy it and make it into a boutique hotel.

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