Thursday Doors

How about a triple this Thursday courtesy of my friend, Sue, who found this beauty while visiting Franconia Village, NH.

Wealthy New England merchants were able to construct mills individually powered by water from the many local rivers. The Northeast was the hub of the Industrial Revolution with textile mills and other factories from the mid 1800’s until the 20th century when manufacturing moved south.

In the early 1900’s, thousands of triple deckers were constructed in New England to house workers who were employed by these mills and factories. Many of these workers were the daughters of local farmers and most worked six twelve-hour days each week.

This type of construction was seen as another option to row housing. In some cases, extended families lived on all three floors.

Boston history estimates there were 15,000 three-deckers built in Boston alone between the years 1880 – 1930.

Happy Thursday, and I hope you have a triple great day. πŸ™‚

Linked to The Leader of the Doors,
Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, September 23, 2020.

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55 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’ve seen many triple deckers throughout New England, but not many that appear to be in the good of shape. The porches are straight!

    Good choice for doors and history. Thanks!

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  2. scooj says:

    Great triple door and interesting explanation.

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  3. Love the photo and history of a triple decker house. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    What an awesome building. Look at those wonderful porches! Bravo for the way they’re maintained. These 3 deckers are much more attractive than the row houses. Thanks for the history lesson behind these homes.

    Each family has their own style storm door and windows, yet it all blends beautifully.

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  5. Teresa says:

    That is one beautiful 3 story house and thanks for the story behind it.

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  6. I’m with Dan. I’ve see many triple deckers, but never anything as nice or as lovely as the one in your picture.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Interesting bit of history of these triple deckers. I remember seeing so many of them when I lived in the Boston area.

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  8. Angela says:

    I love Franconia and Sugar Hill. Just breathtaking.

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  9. Joyce says:

    Beautiful proportions and architectural balance! I’d love to sit on that third floor balcony and watch the world go by!

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  10. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for the history lesson. I knew about the mills but didn’t know about the housing.

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  11. pastpeter says:

    20 y in Boston made me think the world is filled with triple-Decker’s. That’s a beauty!

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve never seen a triple decker house like this one. I think I’d like to live on the top floor, that arch is charming.

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  13. Meg says:

    What an interesting history of these houses – wonderful picture!

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  14. slfinnell says:

    And I bet the top floor was the warmest in winter! Interesting history on these homes.

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  15. That’s not something you’d see around here. I don’t imagine that it has an elevator ( πŸ™‚ ), but I’d love to stay on the top floor!

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  16. At least they all have a balcony to get away from summer heat, which would be quite high on the top floor! I can’t imagine three-story houses while living in Arizona where even a two-story can raise your AC costs tremendously during the 5-6 hot months. πŸ™‚ We saw lots of three story places that were somewhat simpler in parts of cities where we’ve lived in the Midwest, though.

    Happy Thursday, Judy.


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  17. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’ve seen these all over New England but never gave much thought to how or why they were made this way. Now I know and it all makes sense. And at least you guys had the good sense to put the staircases on the inside of the building unlike what was done here in Quebec πŸ˜€

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  18. Oddment says:

    I’ve never seen a house quite like this, but I grew up in a two-flat with Grandma and Grandpa upstairs so I have a little understanding of the layered family. I do not, however, understand twelve-hour days, six days a week, and can only shake my head. Thanks for the chapter of New England history! And thanks to Sue!

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    • Oh, I just bet you have lots of good memories of running up and down those stairs especially when Grandma was baking something delicious. πŸ™‚ Yes, the folks who worked in those mills really were more than employees, and I’ll leave it at that.

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  19. Joanne Sisco says:

    I echo what Norm said!

    I think this makes a better use of real estate than the current urban sprawl and yet doesn’t have the ugliness of high rises.

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  20. Thanks for the history behind the home. Years ago I used to drive by a two-story home with identical doors on both floors, but there was no porch on the upper level and the door opened into mid-air. The home was occupied, and I always wondered why there was no porch. Maybe it just fell at some point and no one bothered to replace it. Interesting find.

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  21. I’ve never seen a triple-story structure like this. It’s lovely, and I enjoyed the history behind houses like these. I especially like the top floor. I can imagine lounging in a comfy porch chair, sipping my coffee, and enjoying the view. =)

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  22. What a gorgeous building. Is it just one residence now or still three? Aren’t the doors lovely.

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  23. Handsome house, I love the design.

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  24. Rose says:

    So glad your friend let you share it with us…I do love it, but I wouldn’t want to be carrying everything to the 3rd floor.

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  25. Nancy says:

    pretty cool… but I agree with Rose above… I would not want to carry my groceries all the way up there.
    Have a Triple great weekend!

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  26. Karen says:

    Before moving to New England, I might have guessed that triple deckers were some kind of a sandwich similar to a club sandwich. πŸ˜‚

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  27. Brenda says:

    I’m reading a fascinating book right now, “The Belles of New England,” by William Moran, about the women who worked in New England’s textile mills and the mill owners. It’s well worth the read.

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  28. That’s a lovely house with an interesting history. It’s also neat that your friend sent you a photo of it.


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