Jamaica Plain Has Been Called ‘Home’ By Five Boston Mayors

With Michelle Wu being elected as Boston mayor, we thought it would be interesting to look back at the mayors who called Jamaica Plain home. For the record, Wu currently lives one neighborhood over, in Roslindale. James Michael Curley
Many residents have stories about the house in the Curley era: clients who came to the door in the morning for help (as seen in the Curley novel, The Last Hurrah), the long line of mourners at the double funerals of his children, Mary and Leo, in 1950, and the famous people who visited 350 Jamaicaway over the years. The sale of the shamrock-shuttered home of James Michael Curley rightly drew the attention of a new generation to this legendary mayor’s long residence in our area. Though His Honor lived in the house from 1915 onwards, the second longest-serving mayor of Boston (16 years in all) did not die there.

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Go Behind the Shamrock Shutters of the Curley House

A Wentworth Institute of Technology project offers a virtual tour of Mayor Curley's Pondside mansion. With the historic home's future uncertain, this might be the only tour you get. You've seen the outside of the Curley House many times if you walk along Moraine Street at the Jamaicaway. It's the house with the signature shamrock shutters. James Michael Curley, the city's (in)famous mayor and state's governor, lived there for much of his life when he wasn't in jail for fraud.

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