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City moves to preserve iconic three-deckers

$3m program aims to restore decaying houses

For Arthur J. Krim, a professor of historic preservation at Boston Architectural College, Boston’s three-deckers - with their light wooden frames, flat or pitched roofs, and stacked porches - are as iconic to Boston as New England clam chowder.

“If you’re going to maintain the character of Boston,’’ Krim said, “you basically need to preserve these three-deckers.’’

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