About Lost House

About Lost House

Lost House, an art installation conceived and built by Joel Lamere and Cynthia Gunadi of GLD Architecture, converts a vacant city-owned lot into a communal place. It invites the public to engage the forgotten domestic histories of this lot, and to reimagine what the unused space could be for a neighborhood. 

405 Washington Street, in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester, is the site of a house that was built in the late 19th century and went under foreclosure and demolition in the 70s. In researching the site, we became fascinated by the many quotidian lives lived here, forgotten but specific and individual; in particular, we were drawn to the earliest known owner of this house, Amelia R. Damon, a superintendent for the South End Industrial School, a school meant to “educate the poor” in trades such as millinery, basket weaving, and cane seating, among others. Today, the parcel sits unused and littered with trash, the only trace of its former inhabitation a couple sets of stairs that lead to nowhere.