From "Weird Boston" by Yonward user Meghan
Only 10.4 feet at it’s widest, the skinny house in Boston’s North end was, according to local lore, built entirely as a spite house. There are two stories of the house, the first being a vague account of an unarmed builder who acquired the lot and built the house to cut off air and light to a neighbor with whom he has a dispute. The second story is of two brothers who inherited the lot from their father. While one brother was away fighting in the civil war, the other brother built a large house on the property, leaving only a shred for his brother. To spite his brother, the returning soldier built a very tall and very thin house on the left over land that blocked his brother’s sunlight and ruined his view.