walk in the steps of luther briggs: Free, guided walking tour of Port Norfolk saturday, june 23, 2018 10 am
The rich estuarial environment, history and development of the Port Norfolk section of Dorchester will be highlighted in a free public tour along the Boston HarborWalk on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The two-hour, 1.75-mile walking tour along the mouth of the Neponset River begins at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by Friends of the Boston Harborwalk (FBHW). Participants should meet by the Venezia Restaurant, 20 Ericsson St. in Dorchester. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:
What is the connection between a walking tour of Port Norfolk section of Dorchester, MA and Pembroke, MA?
The architectural planner of the Pine Neck-Port Norfolk community was none other than Pembroke's own, Luther Briggs (1822-1905), son of the prolific North River Brick-Kilns shipbuilder, Luther Briggs (1783-1864). Luther Briggs the younger did not take up the family shipbuilding business and went on to earn acclaim in his own right as a Boston architect.
"Luther Briggs, Jr., was born in Pembroke, MA in 1822, son of a ship builder and descendant of generations of shipwrights. He was educated at a private school in Pembroke and later attended Hanover Academy. In 1839 he went to work as a draftsman for his uncle, Alexander Parris, Boston's leading architect and engineer at that time."
After laying out the Pine Neck community (later known as Port Norfolk) in the 1840s, Mr. Briggs took up residence at 119 Walnut Street in the Port Norfolk Section of Dorchester until his final days.
"Briggs went on to extend new streets on the neck including Fulton (Lawley St.), High (Port Norfolk St.) and Taylor St. Walnut Street was also extended and for a time was called Union Street. The present street system at Port Norfolk was more or less in place by 1859. Briggs is credited with the construction of several houses at Port Norfolk including his own Greek Revival house at # 20 Water Street (behind 118 Walnut St)."
For more on the history of Port Norfolk and Luther Briggs' contribution visit the Dorchester Antheneum.
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Sources, Bibliography and/or References:
Dorchester Antheneum, Boston and Dorchester Maps/ Atlases, 1794-1933, Boston Directories: 1870-1945, Old Time New England, S.P.N.E A. Vol. LXVII. Nos. 3-4. Winter Spring 1977, Ed Zimmer article on Luther Briggs, Boston University Study on Port Norfolk-1977, BLC files, W.D. Orcutt, Good Old Dorchester, 1893, Downing, A.J., The Architecture of Country Houses