Boston City Hall issues RFPs challenging architects to address the city’s housing crisis by revisiting the “triple-decker”

Ever wondered why Boston and San Francisco look so similar?

After the 1906 San Francisco fire, city officials in California imported architects from Boston to help rebuild, as both cities have comparable topographical and climatic conditions. From there, Bostonian builders assembled economical, wood frame, multi-family houses common throughout Boston, “triple-deckers.” The conventionally three-story structures that come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes designed for narrow lots and hilly terrain were an easy plug that helped fix a devastating housing crisis; and triple-deckers have since become part of San Fran’s identity.

The triple-decker however has multiple monikers, and they were built as far

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