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Project Spotlight: Jenks House

Jenks House

The backyard garden at 1043-45 Beacon Street, the Pine Street Inn’s first affordable housing residence, always had potential, but for many years it harbored weeds and crumbling bricks. 1043-45 Beacon Street houses a population of formerly homeless, low income residents, many of whom are living with mental illness and/or addiction issues.

COGdesign volunteer Sally Muspratt designed a shady, private retreat where the residents could relax, and a view residents could enjoy from their windows onto the courtyard. In September, 2003 the house’s tenants, inn staff, friends, and landscape designers celebrated the garden’s transformation into a sanctuary replete with new plantings, detailed brickwork, seating areas, and a pergola.

Landscape designer Sally Muspratt was selected to design the garden. She not only designed the new green space, but oversaw the renovation as well. Many organizations and individuals contributed materials, talents, and financing to the creation of the garden, including Cambridge Mustard Seed Foundation, Beacon Hill Garden Club, Boston Interiors, and Weston Nurseries.

List of COGdesign Housing projects:

Academy Homes I  Roxbury
 Bethany Hill School  Framingham
 Boston Housing Authority (Boston)  Boston
 Boston Housing Authority (Dorchester)  Boston
 Brookline Improvement Coalition Brookline
 Casa Esperanza Roxbury
 Everett House Dorchester
 High Street Veterans Public Housing Brookline
 Horizons II, Women’s Industrial and Educational Union Dorchester
 House of Hope Lowell
 Kent Street Apartments Somerville
 Menotomy Manor Arlington
 Pine Street Inn Residence (Brookline) Brookline
 Pine Street Inn Residence/Jenks House Brookline
 Rediscovery House Dorchester
Girdler House Beverly
Natick Housing Authority Natick