Curb Appeal: Something for All in South Boston

The exterior of this Southie home hits all the right notes for New England history and charm.

Photo by Danielle Ossher

Photo by Danielle Ossher

Stately red brick, period details, and…a nautical flip of the tail. Yes, this South Boston exterior has something to love for all New Englanders.

The historic lines and features are fitting for a home that overlooks Dorchester Heights, once an American Revolutionary War fortification site. But this doorway is more than just an obvious pickup of the past—it slyly embraces eras and seasons to extend a warm welcome that can’t help but make you smile. The deep, rich red door anchors the entry and plays off the tones of the brick. The hue is also extended to frame the sidelight windows, giving them the full attention due. A curved, stained glass transom window is a stunning, of-the-era touch, and its delicate nature and detailing balance the heaviness that surrounds. Pops of greenery liven the look, give depth to the monotones, and are needed sight well into the depths of winter—and to remind us all that summertime is not too far away, a whale tail door knocker takes front and center.

This subtle play on the classic can find its way into your doorway, too. High-gloss red is favorite for front doors, and a straight-forward, one-day update. Door knockers, often overlooked, are a playful way to elevate your doorway. Michael Healy’s Humpback Whale Tail Door Knocker (pictured below) is perfect for those dreaming of their first trip to the Cape and Islands, or if you long for a more exotic escape, opt for a cast-iron Elephant. To ground the warm tones, especially with red-on-brick, accentuate the landing with a substantial pedestal planter that echos historic lines, like the Tuscany Urn from Frontgate (also pictured). And don’t fret if your home didn’t come with the original stained glass. Artists throughout the Boston area, including Jim Anderson, will craft breathtaking period pieces just for you.

Michael Healy Whale

FrontGate Tuscany Urn