Once the scaffolding came down, the debate started regarding the ornamental wrought iron railings on the facade of 124-126 Salem Street. Some neighbors created quite a stir on social media, mostly against the design saying it doesn’t belong in the North End. In defense, Crosstown Art penned an explanation of the “Chrysanthemum Building” concept. Shown previously in these renderings, architect Frano Violich presented the ironwork idea during the neighborhood review after which both community groups supported the development and the design was approved by city officials. The 5-story building will include nine residential units and commercial / restaurant / retail on the ground floor. The space was previously a parking lot.
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