originally a carriage house, the building on a Beacon Hill alley was converted to residential use in
1968 by Joan and Marvin Goody. They created a loft-style unit on the upper two floors, above a garage
and a rental apartment. The new top story is faced with metal where it overlooks the alley, so as to
resemble a roof and not disturb the scale of the historic neighborhood.
of Marvin’s things were kept, and he remained
a presence in the house. The layering of change
over time only enriched the interior.
Peter Davison died in 2004, and Joan passed
away last September. She was 73. At this writing,
the house is vacant and up for sale. Here, it is
presented, for a brief moment, as a time capsule
of the life and taste of not one but three remarkable Bostonians.
A two-car garage occupies the ground
floor. That’s the old carriage floor, where a
hand-cranked elevator hoisted vehicles upstairs.
There’s also a small ground-floor rental unit.
You reach the Goody loft by climbing a
staircase. The risers of the stairs are mirrors.
They reflect you, seem almost to greet you, as
you climb. Already you have a sense that this is
going to be an unusual place, and that light is
going to be important.
At the top of the stairway, you find yourself
in a high space with many trees, plants, and flowers. Light floods down from a skylight as if it were
the sun. A 1972 list delineated the plants the
Goodys kept at the time: large palms, Dracaena
marginata, and ficus trees with crassula, spider
plant, grape ivy, pothos, coleus, and more, all
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