Photo courtesy of Peter Vanderwarker, Cityscapes of Boston

This week’s photo is of a small building taken in 1857. At first glance, this building may appear to be a tiny house, however, this was simply an architectural style at the time and did not necessarily indicate residential use.

In reality, the building served many functions over the years, thus it was eventually given the name the Old Feather Store after one of its uses. In fact, the sign on the wall reads “clothing, glovers, under garments, shirts, cravats, c.”

Additionally, the building would have been at the very edge of the sea when it was first built, before Boston Harbor was filled, making it a very popular subject for paintings and drawings.

Today, the only building in the photo that remains is shown on the right with the cupola. You can see it over in Faneuil Hall. The site of the Old Feather Store is now the corner of Dock Square and North Street, near 1 Union Street.

Tune in next week to view more featured neighborhood photos from back in the day! Submit your historical photos using our Submit a Post form or tag@northend.waterfront on Instagram. Please include a caption or story telling about your photo.

See past historic neighborhood photo posts.

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  1. Interesting that the waves lapped almost to the front door! It was supposedly one of the most charming buildings in the country and in great shape when it was torn down. Thanks for the photo Lauren.

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