Incorrect Username, Email, or Password
This object does not yet have a description.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sampson & Murdock Co.
Government, City: United States. Massachusetts. Boston: Heights of Buildings, Boston: Height Districts - Boston: Boston has been divided into two districts - District A and District B
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Social Museum Collection
Archival Material
Work Type
c. 1903
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Photomechanical print
image: 23.4 x 17.9 cm (9 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: In District A, the business section of the city, buildings may not exceed 125 feet in height. In District B, the residential area of the city, buildings may not exceed 80 feet in height except on thoroughfares over 64 feet in width. On such streets, buildings may be erected to a height equal to 1 1/4 times the width of the street, but no building in District B may be erected to a greater height than 80 feet unless its width on each and every abutting public street is at least one-half of its height. No building, however, in either District A or District B may be of great height than 2 1/2 times the width of the widest abutting street. This districting has been done under authority of a special act of the legislature through the agency of a commission appointed for the purpose. The regulations have been upheld by the highest court, both of the State and of the United States. (Welch v. Swasey, 214 U.S. 91, 29 Sup. Ct. 567, decided May 17, 1909). (Source: Report of the Heights of Buildings Commission.... New York, 1913, p. 32)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Social Museum Collection
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Social Museum Collection

Verification Level

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at