Uphams Corner

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S. B. Pierce Building in Uphams Corner
Renovated Strand Theatre, Uphams Corner

Upham's Corner is a commercial center in Dorchester, the largest and most historic neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The intersection of Dudley Street/Stoughton Street and Columbia Road is the heart of Upham's Corner, and one of Dorchester's main business districts. It is served by the recently expanded MBTA's Fairmount Indigo Line Commuter Rail (Upham's Corner stop) [1] and several bus lines.

The district has several historical sites, including the Strand Theatre, the Columbia Square Masonic Hall Building (1895), and Dorchester North Burying Ground (1634), one of the nation’s oldest and one of seven seventeenth-century burying grounds in Boston. In addition to the Jones Hill neighborhood, the Upham's Corner business district is surrounded by other pleasant tree-lined residential neighborhoods - Virginia-Monadnock/Upham's Corner Westside, Nonquit Street, Eastman/Elder, and Annapolis Street area - that are home to a diverse mix of people, including Caucasians of European descent, Cape Verdeans, Hispanics, African Americans and West Indians. Recently, there has been a major influx of young professionals, gays, and working artists to the neighborhood, adding to its diversity. Dining options in the area include southern soul food cuisine as well as several ethnic restaurants including Cape Verdean, Caribbean, Chinese, Greek, and Italian.

In 2005, the city of Boston made a $6 million, four-year capital investment to rejuvenate the historic Strand Theatre in Upham's Corner. On January 9, 2007, Mayor Thomas Menino gave his State of the City Address from the stage of the Strand Theatre to help bring attention to restoration efforts and help revive the venue's historic prominence in the city of Boston.


Upham's Corner is named for Amos Upham (1788-1879), who opened a dry goods store in 1804 on the site of the present Columbia Square building. This store was run by three generations of the Upham family, into the mid 1890s.[2]

Popular culture[edit]

Some of the exteriors and interiors in the film Gone Baby Gone, directed by Ben Affleck, were shot in Upham's Corner.[3]

Advertised as Dorchester's New Million Dollar Photoplay Palace, the Strand Theatre opened in 1918 as one of the first designed specifically for motion pictures.


The Edward Everett Elementary School, Boston Collegiate Charter Middle and High Schools, the William E. Russell Elementary School, the Roger Clap Innovation School, the John W. McCormack School, and the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot School are located near Upham's Corner.


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Coordinates: 42°19′1.2″N 71°3′54.8″W / 42.317000°N 71.065222°W / 42.317000; -71.065222