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In Today's Daily Jigsaw Puzzle, we visit Beacon Hill - a historic Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood renowned for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick row houses.

Situated north of the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, Beacon Hill is one of the city's oldest communities, with its development beginning in the early 19th century. The area is named after a beacon that once stood atop its highest point to warn locals of foreign invasion.

This neighborhood is synonymous with Old Boston aristocracy, represented by the families of the Boston Brahmins, who have had a lasting influence on American culture and politics. Beacon Hill has been home to several notable historical figures, including literary figures like Louisa May Alcott and Robert Frost.

Architecturally, Beacon Hill is distinguished by Federal, Victorian, and Georgian buildings. The Massachusetts State House, with its distinctive golden dome, stands at the neighborhood's edge and serves as a prominent landmark. Charles Street is the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, with antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

A fun fact about Beacon Hill is that it was once home to the smallest house in Boston. Known as the "Spite House" or "Skinny House," it was built in 1874 and measures only 10.4 feet wide and 30 feet deep. This house was reportedly constructed out of spite by one brother who wanted to block his neighbor's (his brother's) sunlight and ruin his view after an inheritance dispute about the size of the land he was offered to build on.

Today, the neighborhood is a protected historic district, ensuring the preservation of its architectural heritage and cultural legacy ♥
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Thank you for the picture. I did read about the Spite House years ago. Hope it was ok to attach to your puzzle of the day. 4-14-24


The Spite house spans 10.4 feet (3.16 m) at Hull Street, its widest point. The house tapers to 9.25 feet (2.82 m) at the back. Inside the house, the outer walls are as little as 8.4 feet (2.56 m) apart and none are more than 9.2 feet (2.80 m) apart. The home's narrowest interior point is 6.2 feet (1.89 m) across, close enough to allow an adult to touch opposing walls.[2]

There are only five doors in the house, despite it having four levels. The second floor holds the living room and the bathroom, one of the few spaces separated by a door. In 2005, former owners Jennifer Simonic and Spencer Welton[3] were described in the Boston Globe as living "a vertical life".[2]

Simonic described:

We had a party of 10 one New Year's Eve, and when one person has to go to the bathroom, everyone has to move. ... We've had people just walk into our backyard and sit at our picnic table. ... They say, "We'll just be a couple of minutes; we just want to take a couple of pictures." That was bizarre.[2]

According to Welton, who has a degree in architecture, "Instead of doors, we have floors between each space. ... When guests stay over, we put a mattress down on the closet floor. ... Except for sleeping in the closet, they seem to like it."[2]

According to local legend, the structure was built as a "spite house" shortly after the American Civil War:

Nice picture thank you.


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