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Skinny House in Boston’s North End

Just a short walk from Old North Church in Boston’s North End-Little Italy neighborhood is the “Skinny House”, also known as the “Spite House”.  Built in 1862, and measuring just 10-feet wide, this 1,165 square foot home has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom a private roof deck, lovely gardens and unobstructed views of the city and harbor. The “front” door is off to the side of the home. In September 2021, this famous landmark sold for $1.25 million. 

So, what’s the origin of its unusual name? According to urban legend, two brothers inherited land from their father. While one brother served in the Civil War, the other brother built a home that took over much of the land. When that brother returned home from war, he retaliated by building a narrow house with the property that was left over to block the larger home’s views as well as sunlight.

See the “Skinny House” historic landmarks and hidden gems off-the beaten path on the PhotoWalks North End-Little Italy tour.

Skinny House Boston North End

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