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Bronze artwork of Dorchester three-decker

The pedestrian-scaled sculpture of a three-decker, an architectural housing style developed within Dorchester to shelter multiple generations of new immigrants, was designed to celebrate the legacy of Dorchester’s families and residents. The 14” high central three-decker home, modeled by Baring-Gould after a house not far from Edward Everett Square, is encircled by quotes collected through community interviews and oral histories in which residents described their experience living in Dorchester’s three deckers:

“The smell of Nana’s cooking came from downstairs.”
Resident, 1972

“I was born in the apartment upstairs.”
Resident 1956

“We moved because I could no longer afford to stay.”
Former Resident, 2006

Image courtesy of Robert Rugo