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Bridge Tender's Office for Northern Ave swing bridge

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Comments (16)

Pennington Geis on June 24, 2007

What is this decrepit building in front of Rowes Wharf? If you know anything about it, its history or future, please post. Thank you!

emoran on January 8, 2008

This building is the old bridge tenders office for the Northern Avenue swing bridge.

Pennington Geis on January 8, 2008

Thank you for taking the trouble to register and comment, emoran!! With that information, I was able to locate this about the bridge and realize there is a sign on the bridge with much the same information. Even if the bridge is saved, what's the fate of this building? Do you know?

emoran on February 12, 2008

The building has been condemmed by the city. It is considered a fire hazard and may be torn down. All I know.

Pennington Geis on February 12, 2008

Again, thank you. It looks like it is about to fall down of it's own accord. Sad to lose this intriguing bit of history, but it's hard to think who might have the money or interest to restore it.

Pennington Geis on February 12, 2008

(would you happen to be the emoran who is related to Ann?)

Brightrichard on August 1, 2008

Wicked...I was wondering the same thing. Thx for the info. I wonder if it could be restored and turned into something useful?

Pennington Geis on August 1, 2008

Hi Richard --

I'm not in the historic preservation business, but my guess is that this is a wooden building -- in a very wet environment -- and that making it safe to use would probably mean rebuilding it with new wood -- probably hard to justify from either a preservation or economic perspective.

Thanks for stopping by. Nice to find someone else intrigued by the building.

Brightrichard on August 2, 2008

I'm sure you're right. It is really captured well in this photograph. Very true and emotional representation of the building. Well done. I just wish something economically viable could be done here. Like making it into a restaurant, bar or something that would keep a focus on the building while entertaining the new tourist and local population driven to the area of late. IDK I suppose I just really like this building for some reason.

Pennington Geis on August 3, 2008

Me too.

Luis Maderuelo on August 25, 2008

Wow! Really it is very rare! Greetings, lm

Pennington Geis on August 26, 2008

Hi Lui! You have a great collection of caducity tagged photos yourself! Welcome to the caducity club! Penny

Pennington Geis on August 28, 2009

Since taking this photo, I’ve learned more. For a bit of history and a hint of possible future plans, see these photos of the related swing bridge, one in the swung open postion and one in the closed postion.

But just because I have a tad more info doesn’t mean I’m finished with this house and bridge – they still hold plenty of mystery and intrigue, and I’m still hoping someone with another tidbit of info will post it here! Thanks!

Jürgen Weighardt on December 19, 2011

Indeed catching the eye. Like it.

Best christmas wishes from Germany.

Warner Athey on October 17, 2014

Thanks Pennington. We went to Boston on a cruise ship in September. I took a picture of that same building myself. Now I know what it is. From my experience the deterioration of the pilings under the build is the main problem. You can see that it is starting to sag. I wonder if they are plaining to save it or let it fall.

Pennington Geis on October 17, 2014

Hi Warner!

What fun to get a comment on this photo seven years after I took it! And so glad to know that the comments everyone left are still helpful.

A good example of why I hope Google continues supporting the Panoramio functions on Google Maps and Google Earth!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 25, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Pennington Geis
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/06/22 13:37:27
    • Exposure: 0.077s (1/13)
    • Focal Length: 60.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash