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THE FIRST BUILDING LAW IN BOSTON.

Issue 24 and Volume 41.

THE FIRST BUILDING LAW IN BOSTON. The first building law in Boston was promulgated as the result of the destruction of a house by fire, for it appears that at a recent legislative hearing an order was unearthed which was passed on March 16, 1681. The order is as follows: “About noon the chimney of Mr. Thos. Sharp’s house in Boston took fire. The wind drove the fire to Mr. Colburn’s house and burned that down also. For the prevention whereof in our new town indended this sooner to bee budded we have ordered that noe man there shall build his chimney with wood nor cover his house with thach, which was readily assented unto.”

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