Boston's solution for too little space was the narrow, multi-level townhouse.
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In 1857, the Back Bay neighborhood went from swamp to the most desirable address in the city. This vibrant home embraces the Victorian craze from its fashionables "clutter" to its "pet pagoda."
This Italian Renaissance Revival townhouse, built in 1859, is just 22 feet wide and 58 feet deep, with two rooms per level. The young wife of Charles Gibson immediately set about decorating the house in high Victorian style.
The grand black walnut stairway was an imposing focal point for visitors, providing a hint of the opulence waiting beyond.
Designer Jennifer Harpe was able to add Asian influences to this row house, including a rock garden and a custom canopy.
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