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70 Wordsworth Street
East Boston, MA

A new, 5-unit condominium development proposed for the Orient Heights neighborhood of East Boston will consist of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units and four off-street parking spaces. JSD worked to combined traditional-leaning design elements such as bay windows and a rhythm consistent with the homes that line Wordsworth Street, while incorporating triple panel windows for added natural light, and a contemporary arrangement of exterior cladding materials. (Rendering by JSD and Runcible Studios) 

173-177 Maverick Street
East Boston, MA

173-177 Maverick Street is an extensive renovation and addition to three existing 3-family buildings in Maverick Square, into a mixed-use development of 9-residential units and retail. The exterior walls are just about the only things that will remain of the three buildings, having suffered prolonged disrepair and the haphazard removal of many of the interior structural components.


The new design aspires to honor the old neighborhood by restoring many of the buildings’ historic architectural elements such as the bay windows, cornices and ground level retail space, while turning an eye toward the contemporary with the addition of a penthouse level, recessed from the roof line, with angled volumes and a warm materials palette.

277 Border Street
East Boston, MA

277 Border Street a mixed-use, multi-family-with-retail, new construction project located outside of Central Square in East Boston. The project is sited on a lot formerly occupied by an auto body repair shop. The 19-unit building is comprised of a ground level featuring retail space, residential lobby, and garage featuring car stackers and bike storage. The upper four residential floors feature an assortment of airy and contemporary studio, 1, 2, and 3+ bedroom condominium units with private balconies, a common roof deck and striking views of the Boston skyline. 


Rendering developed in collaboration with Runcible Studios. 

Aileron: Artist Housing and Studios
East Boston, MA

Together with East-Boston-based NOAH (Neighborhood of Affordable Housing), Joy Street Design submitted a proposal to the City of Boston and was awarded the parcel on which Aileron Artist Housing and Studios will be located, at 127-159 Condor Street in East Boston. Our design for 41-units of affordable and market-rate housing, artist studios, gallery, sculpture courtyard, and work bar combines the traditional massing and rhythm of East Boston’s Eagle Hill neighborhood with a modern interpretation consistent with the programming needs of many artists working in wide-ranging styles of media in this specialized mixed-use development. 


The Joy Street Design and NOAH team worked closely with the Eagle Hill neighborhood, local artists and DND (Department of Neighborhood Design) during the City’s zoning and Article 80 small project review processes to address programming, sustainability and accessibility needs, and to ensure that the project concept serves artist-residents as well as the community at large. 


Read more about the progress of Aileron on our BLOG

277 Border
51 Breed Street
East Boston, MA

51 Breed Street is a steeply sloped site on the southern slope of the long hill in the Orient Heights
neighborhood of East Boston. We designed six units of housing with large south facing windows and
breathtaking views of the city.


The project is designed to relate to its two bordering streets, so that from either angle it appears in scale with the surrounding buildings. Most dramatic will be the double height living areas and sleeping lofts, with two-story windows and views of the airport, the harbor, and downtown Boston.

51 Breed