LIVE: Residential

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

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.

41 Gladstone Street
East Boston, MA

This 3-unit condominium development proposed for the Orient Heights neighborhood of East Boston sits on an atypically large lot and accommodates four off-street parking spaces. The design honors the gable roof style of housing of the street while introducing more contemporary detailing, large picture windows and siding. (Rendering by JSD and Runcible Studios)

69-71 Border Street
East Boston, MA

As Border Street transitions away from industrial use to a revitalized waterfront residential and commercial corridor, 69-71 Border Street will provide 8 contemporary condominium units featuring oversize picture windows, private roof decks, custom built-ins and a warm palette of interior finishes. The design is contextual with the more modern language being expressed on this edge of the neighborhood, and features metal paneling, cedar accents, and spare but deliberate use of color. 

86 Princeton Street
East Boston, MA

86 Princeton is a 3-unit residence located in the historic Eagle Hill neighborhood of East Boston. 8 contemporary condominium units, the design intent was to create a link among neighboring residences exhibiting Italiante architectural elements, culminating as a trio of buildings. 

189 Trenton Street
East Boston, MA

189 Trenton Street is a multi-family renovation project in the heart of East Boston’s historic Eagle Hill neighborhood. The existing rambling 3-unit building will undergo extensive exterior renovation including new clapboard siding, historically appropriate windows, new rear decks, and restoration to and rebuilding of original architectural elements. The proposed design includes reallocating over 5,800 sf of space, into 6 units – a mixture of 1- and 2-bedroom condominium units. 

Westminster Court Apartments
Roxbury, MA

Westminster Court Apartments is a vibrant tenant-owned community located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.  It was designed by renowned modernist architect Carl Koch in 1967 and serves as a prime example of modernist urban housing.  Unfortunately, 40 years of Boston’s harsh winters have damaged the building’s facade system, leaving it prone to leaks, air infiltration, and cracking.

We are pleased to be working with the tenant’s association, Urban Edge, and Envelope Engineers at Simpson Gumperz & Heger to rebuild the building envelope and restore it to its original beauty.

254-256 Everett Street
Boston, MA

This four-unit building is just blocks from Boston Harbor, on a street with two- and three-family buildings.  It is designed to relate in massing to the surrounding properties, to recall the materials of nautical buildings, and to have a whimsical, modern feel.  The two upper floors are double-height loft units with vaulted ceilings, inset decks, and picture windows looking out to the water.

Beacon Hill Townhouse
Boston, MA

What began as a plan to gradually update this historic 1826 townhouse became an urgent and extensive renovation during the winter of the polar vortex. The quaint wood-frame addition was extensively rotted due to years of water infiltration and neglect, lacking a foundation wall and proper structural support.


With the help of a structural engineer, the renovation included excavating a deeper crawl space beneath the kitchen to provide for added insulation, shoring up the structure to build a stem-wall foundation, and reinforcing the structure on the upper floors and roof deck. In perhaps the most dramatic move, the first floor, consisting of three small rooms in shotgun-style configuration, was improved by breaking through the dining room wall to the kitchen. The chef’s kitchen is a study in economy and efficiency with custom cabinetry, pull-out shelving and concealed pulls reminiscent of built-ins found on a boat. The white marble waterfall countertop and wall splash serve as a backdrop to the brass fixtures, and were chosen to offset the low level of daylight coming into this north-facing room.