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Exhibition Program From October 28th-December 16th from 6-7:30pm , the BSA will host a series of conversations where residents, architects, designers, and other practitioners will share and learn from one other about the past, present and future of this iconic building type.

Through the perspective of three key topics, speakers and participants will help build upon the architectural, economic, and ultimately social value of triple and future deckers in the city of Boston and the region. We invite you to be a part of these conversations.

October 28 Exhibition Opening - A Roundtable Discussion with Partners, Participants, and New Visitors

November 18 Anti-Racist Design - Reimagining the Future of Multifamily Housing

December 2 Sustainable Homes - Energy Retrofits for Small Scale Housing

December 16 Affordable Futures - Financing for Small Scale Housing & Exhibition Closing

This 3-decker poem exercise was created by Dorchester’s very own: Write on the DOT. These are a few examples from our in-person workshop.


There is only so much of the work that has come out of this exploration that we could fit into this exhibition. We wanted to honor the work created by our partners, and elevate the work of so many others, towards a future where triple and future deckers can continue and become the homes of many.

We begin with the triple decker poems, created by Dorchester’s very own Write on the Dot. In this exercise, residents reflected on their experiences and wrote. The goal was to collaboratively write a poem between 3 individuals, with each person taking one floor, and carrying one word or theme into the following sections. Below are a few images of some of the poems created in our in person events, as well as a copy of a template. With a family member or a friend, join us in creating your own Triple Decker Poem. [poems below]

In the spring of 2020, we partnered with a 4th year architecture studio from Wentworth Institute of Technology, where students were asked to design Future Deckers on a few sites along Blue Hill Avenue, in the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan in Boston. Towards the end of the studio, the students created a short video telling their own story of their learning and journey to creating Future Deckers. [video below]

This year, while we took on the task of creating partnerships and building relationships with those willing to share their stories, we came across many others who shared their appreciation for triple deckers in Boston and beyond. From articles, to podcasts, to dissertations, our own learning and findings could not have been made possible without the shared knowledge on this topic.

Thus, we have compiled a list of the works that moved us, and hope to use this platform to help support and elevate other efforts of this nature. Together we can continue to highlight the value of triple deckers and other forms of multifamily housing like it.


Articles, The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Triple Decker, Historic New England - Three Deckers,

Podcasts, What Happened to the Triple Decker Dream?, The Triple Decker Menace,

Papers, What Happened to the Three-Decker, The Three-Deckers of Dorchester,

Movies, Triple Decker, A New England Love Story

Competition/Challenges, MassCEC Triple Decker Design Challenge,

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