Two of my sisters-in-law visited us over the weekend. One of the fun things about having family come see us is that we get a chance to play tourist with them in the beautiful Boston area. We went to the New England Aquarium (which I’m sorry to report is in the middle of a major renovation, so it wasn’t the experience I’d hoped for my sisters) and spent a lovely, albeit rainy, morning at the Arnold Arboretum. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of lilacs.
We also walked the Freedom Trail.
I’ve done it before but this time I saw a historic house I’d missed. You really can’t blame me. It only measures a little over 10 feet wide. There’s no front door. You have to squeeze through a narrow alley to enter.
It made me wonder how such a strange little house came to be built. Its history is a bit sketchy, but here’s what I’ve uncovered. In 1874, two brothers inherited the land on Hull Street from their father. One was a soldier who was in active service. The other brother built himself a grand home on the land, set back from the street and left only a narrow sliver for his sibling. When the soldier came home and saw what his brother had done, he didn’t get mad. He got even.
He built this unique home in the space his brother left for him. The Skinny House (sometimes called The Spite House) tapers to a mere 9 ft. 3 inches to the rear of the property, but its width isn’t the most important dimension. Its four stories block the light and the harbor view of his brother’s home.
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Like the wronged soldier who built the Spite House, Mad Rob MacLaren wants to even a score too. He blames Lachland Drummond for his wife’s death, so he steals Drummond’s bride right from the altar. He never expected she’d bring his dead heart back to life.
I love Mad Rob’s story and hope you will too.