Introduction  »  Olive Pierce » Jefferson Park Housing Project  (6 Slides)     [Page 1 of 1]  


In the 1930’s a number of federally-funded housing projects were built in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Named grandly for presidents, they featured low brick buildings, scant planting, bullet-proof doors and a large asphalt courtyard. One such was Jefferson Park, located near a spur of the Boston & Maine Railroad. I hung out in the courtyard and photographed the children while their mothers leaned on their elbows in upstairs windows refereeing fights and keeping a wary eye on me. Once a week I showed up with prints and sold them to the children for a quarter each. I still run into people who say, “Oh, you’re the lady who took pictures in the Project.”

Crossing the tracks, 1974
Alex, 1974
Learning to smoke, 1974
Baby, 1975
Dance, 1975
Hanging out, 1976
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All photographs are copyright Olive Pierce.