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Throwback Thursday: Quarters A

Just west of the Navy Yard Broad Street entrance is Quarters A, the Navy Yard’s oldest building.  Built in 1874, it is a three-story, Italian Villa-style, white painted brick house for the Navy Yard’s civil engineer. From this building, the Navy civil engineer directed the dredging of the Reserve Basin in League Island’s back channel and the construction of a causeway extending Broad Street to the island. A street grid was established and buildings were grouped and built according to Navy department organization.

Quarters A, 1880

Quarters A, 1880

In 1901, a porch was added. Quarters A features an off-center square tower, slate covered gable roof, bracketed eaves, and a bay window.

Until 1960, it served as the civil engineer’s residence, and later became an admiral’s quarters.

The house is now registered on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of a designated Historic District that protects many of the Navy Yard’s remaining structures.

Quarters A, 2013

Quarters A, 2013

No longer residential, Quarters A has been renovated into unique office space for businesses who want to be located at the Navy Yard.

Today, the building is leased by Cloudnexa, a fast growing, born in the cloud organization dedicated to helping clients achieve their business and IT objectives utilizing Amazon Web Services.

Under the porch of Quarters A, 2016

Under the porch of Quarters A, 2016

Navy Yard

The Navy Yard is considered the most successful redevelopment of a former military facility in the country and today is a growing community where companies and their employees thrive. Future growth will support up to 10 million square feet of commercial and residential development.

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