|View 1: The parking lot that was for many years. (Credit: John A. Keith)|
|View 2: Now under construction, same location.|
|View 3: View from across Stuart Street.|
|View 4: Aerial view, completed project (Credit: Boston Advanced Realty).|
|View 5: Finished front facade at street level (Credit: BRA).|
The Location: 45 Stuart Street, Boston, MA.
The Story: And the South Hinge Block (on the High Spine) is filled completely out. This location has been a parking lot (still, for those keeping score at home, the ultimate urban no-no) for as long as your faithful correspondent has been resident in the Boston area, which is to say since at least 1997 and probably a good deal before that. So, it's rewarding to see it finally returned to being a contributing piece of the urban fabric on the Stuart Street edge between the old town's theater district and Chinatown. Jacob Wirth's, which is more or less the preeminent German restaurant in Boston, can be seen in the top photo in its classic 19th century Boston row buidling, gable turned to the side and curved bay on the right. This will be an interesting juxtaposition if the front facade really looks entirely like View 5. We shall see.
RTUF Sketch of the Restored Urban Fabric: This one definitely induces tetris flashbacks...
(Blog Post No. 2014-5)