City and State: Boston, Massachusetts
Type of district: National Register historic district, Massachusetts State historic district
The Eagle Hill Historic District is a residential neighborhood located on an island to the northeast of Boston proper. Most of the buildings were constructed when the East Boston Company subdivided and sold land in the third quarter of the 19th century. Most of the buildings are two to three stories tall, with their narrow ends facing the street. The most common architectural styles are Italianate, Second Empire, and Renaissance Revival. Early buildings may also be Greek Revival, while later infill buildings are Queen Anne or Classical or Colonial revival. Eagle Hill Historic District includes over 400 contributing buildings. The district was originally conceived of as an elite residential suburb, and it developed with single-family houses for the middle class. As development pressure increased, multi-family dwellings became more common with 3-flats and apartment buildings becoming more common.