giving back written by john budris • photographed by kelly davidson
EARTHLY REWARDS • A Boston architecture firm designs for communities
where the need is profound, the challenges many, and the work fulfilling
the narrow gate cofounder Bob Wegener at Dudley Village. The firm is planning Talbot Commons (below), a multiuse complex next to a new commuter ail station in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.
Enter by the narrow gate. The gate is wide that leads to perdition . . . but the gate that leads
to life is small, and the road is narrow, and those who find it are few.
— MATTHEW 7: 13
W I TH THAT VERSE AS INSPIRA- tion, the architects and designers at The Narrow Gate Architecture are on a sin- gular mission to use their talents to serve low-income families, the underserved, the homeless, elderly, and disabled.
Their typical clients are nonprofits and community enter-
prises, such as the Dorchester Bay Economic Development
spearheaded the Dudley
Village project in Boston’s
hood. Completed in
August 2009, the five
new buildings combine
nity, and open space with
50 units of affordable
housing, all done on a tight budget and difficult site with 16
THE NARROW GATE