Large condo lights the way to luxury in East Boston

This three-windowed bedroom preserves an old brick-surrounded wood doorframe as a picture/dresser niche and exposes more exposed brick below the window-bank.

A former lamp factory in East Boston is lighting the way to luxury loft living with light-drenched views of all that matters location-wise: a densely settled and safe neighborhood, park and recreation land stretching beyond the imagination, subway and expressway convenience to downtown, and steps to Logan Airport.

Oversized windows bring all of these captivating conveniences into your home in the 2,017-square-foot Unit 441 at the Porter 156 Lofts, 156 Porter St. This place is an adaptation of the factory’s vast, high-ceilinged assembly line and storage spaces for residential use.

Built c.1913 by the Edison Lamp Works of General Electric to fabricate drawn tungsten filament lamps, the structure later housed GE’s production of miniature Christmas lights. Facing competition from Japanese imports of similar products and besieged by Boston’s high labor costs, GE closed the factory in 1963 and it became the Goddess Bra Factory.

The windows that shed ample light on the manufacturing and warehousing of millions of lamps, lights and bras were restored to to their original dimensions in the 2005 renovation to bring generous sunlight into the 216 units.

Exposed-brick walls and doorways and concrete columns and ceilings were integrated into many units, including in 441, giving it industrial character and a rugged, casual loft feel that helps you relax, chill out and drink in the vistas – especially the sumptuous sunsets at the end of the day.

As the only unit that combines two studios into one three-bedroom, two-bath residence, Unit 441 immediately greets you with its open-concept expanse of space and its stunning living-room view of Boston’s Seaport and Financial District skyscrapers back-dropping East Boston’s low-scaled neighborhood.

Octagonal columns flare into “mushroom” capitals, upholding the 12-foot concrete-plank ceiling and monumentalizing the building’s industrial heritage while calming the ambiance with a neutral-gray tone. Bamboo-plank flooring warmly contrasts this, as does the exposed-brick wall in the right-hand dining alcove.

At left is a handy full bath with a porcelain farmer’s sink, glass cylinder pendant lights with light-filtering mesh screens and a subway-tiled tub/shower with a beltcourse of sheened black mosaic tiles also inlaid into the faux Belgian bluestone tile floor.

Through a door is the in-house laundry center with a stacked Maytag washer and dryer.

The open kitchen reprises the bath’s tile floor, complementing it with a black granite island and wall counters and contrasting it with white cabinetry. Neutralizing these polarities with industrial appropriateness are stainless steel appliances, including a Viking four-burner gas range with stainless backsplash and Zephyr hood.

A variegated Italian tumbled-tile backsplash adds spicy color to your cooking. Track lighting runs along the stainless duct - one of several conduits and pipes exposed throughout the unit for a bare-bones industrial effect complementing the concrete ceiling.

Mitigating the living room’s brightness is a medium-gray mantel of slate-like Italian porcelain tile with a black-bordered gas fireplace, over-mantel space for artwork or a TV and a black-painted wood mantel and entertainment-center shelves.

Halogen light quartets give unobtrusive ceiling-light accents and a square column with a triangular capital adds more industrial dignity.

The adjacent wall complex with clerestory ribbon windows encloses two bedrooms and sets off the dining alcove in a way that gives both bedrooms privacy and light from one of the bedroom’s windows. It also illuminates the dining area and exposes the ceiling for open-concept continuity with the living-room ceiling to preserve the loft feel.

The three-windowed bedroom preserves an old brick-surrounded wood doorframe as a picture/dresser niche and exposes more exposed brick below the window-bank. The long closet with two wooden folding doors leaves headroom for the clerestory strip to bring light into the adjacent bedroom, which does the same for the dining alcove with its own closet. This bedroom receives more light through its double French door and industrial charm from a concrete column and beam set into an exposed-brick wall.

The octagonal “mushroom” column by the kitchen nobly marks the entry into the master bedroom. Three windows awaken you to a remarkable contrast of intimate East Boston and the high-and-mighty Financial District, framed by exposed brick, a square column and a triangular capital.

A dressing hall of wood slider closets leads to the master bath, where a somber variety of naturalistic treatments calm your tensions: a faux Belgian bluestone tile floor and shower, a cobblestone shower floor, laminate ebony woodgrain cabinetry and a Matrix Granite vanity with a wavy tactile feel. The shower has two overhead rain showerheads and a hand-held body showerhead.

Socialize with fellow residents in the fifth-floor community room (with a kitchenette, library, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi) and on the common roof deck with its breathtaking panoramas of East Boston, the Financial District and planes preparing for takeoff at Logan.

Right in your back yard is East Boston Memorial Park, replete with the most recreational amenities since school days: three baseball fields, a soccer/rugby field, a football stadium, tennis courts, and fitness trails, including a brisk walk to the Blue Line’s Airport Station and Logan shuttle.

Nearby is Bremen Street Park, which includes a dog park, playgrounds, an amphitheater, a community garden for growing fruits and vegetables, and a pleasant walk to the East Boston YMCA and Branch Library.

Let Unit 441 at the Porter 156 Lofts be your lamplighter to a lofty lifestyle in a community of convenience.

Offered at $1,249,000, the unit may be viewed by contacting Joe Cunningham or Cassie Comstock of Compass at 617-407-2663, 857-230-0380, or


- Boston Redevelopment Authority Development Plan for 156 Porter Street, East Boston, July 22, 1999,

- “Bremen Street Park,” Wikipedia, last updated Oct. 22, 2019,

- “East Boston History: Redevelopment,” SlideShare, Oct. 4, 2011, p. 44,

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- Porter 156 Lofts,

- Restuccia, Paul, “Uplifting Digs in Former Factory,” The Boston Herald, Aug. 9, 2014,

Address: 156 Porter St., Unit 441, East Boston

BR/BA: Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Size: 2,017 square feet

Price: $1,249,000

Condo fee: $860/month

Taxes: $7,807/year without residential exemption

Configuration: Loft condominium

Number of units: 216

Parking: Four-car tandem parking with two storage sheds in on-site garage

Year built: c.1913, renovated 2005

Features: 12-foot ceilings; track and ceiling-mounted lighting; bamboo floors; central heating and air conditioning; kitchen with island counter, gas cooking and stainless appliances; master suite with dressing closet and master bath; in-unit laundry; harbor/city views; deeded roof rights for private roof deck; fifth-floor community room with kitchenette, library, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi; common roof deck with panoramic views.

Close by: Shopping and dining, public schools, houses of worship, parks, sports fields, tennis courts, fitness trails, walk to Logan Airport, highway access, public transit to downtown and Revere Beach.

Contact: Joe Cunningham or Cassie Comstock, Compass

Phone: 617-407-2663 or 857-230-0380


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