7 March
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Live in Charlestown Navy Yard History: The Rentals at the Ropewalk | By Kerry D'Ambroise

Nestled within the Charlestown Navy Yard, at 58 13th street, lies the iconic Ropewalk building. Now 97 rental units in the heart of the Navy Yard, this building is rooted in American Naval history. 

The Building’s Architectural Past and Maritime Heritage

Step inside the Ropewalk, and you’re transported back to an era of industrial innovation. This original structure was built in 1838 as a rope-making facility, the last of its kind in the United States. Crafted by renowned architect Alexander Parris and innovative machinist Daniel Treadwell, the Ropewalk stands as a testament to 19th-century engineering prowess.


But why is the building SO long? 

Every corner of the Ropewalk resonates with history and purpose as it served as the primary facility for the United States Navy’s rope production. Here, skilled workers meticulously crafted rope for the US Navy. With its imposing Greek-Revival design and solid granite construction, this quarter-mile long structure embodies strength and endurance—a reflection of America’s maritime heritage. Its elongated design was intentional, allowing for the crafting of cords for renowned ships. 

A Preservation Transformation becomes Modern Living 

In 2021, the Ropewalk underwent a transformation, transitioning from a historic landmark to a vibrant residential community. This turned the historic Ropewalk building into 92 residential units, complemented by an additional 5 units in the adjacent former tar house, and has brought new life to this site. The developer meticulously restored the building and wove original elements of the factory into the composition without sacrificing form or function. 

The building now offers a blend of historic charm and modern luxury, attracting discerning residents seeking a unique living experience steeped in history. For those eager to delve deeper into the Ropewalk’s rich history, the National Park Service manages a captivating exhibit within the housing complex. Here, visitors can explore artifacts and narratives that bring the Ropewalk’s storied past to life, ensuring that its legacy remains preserved for future generations.

Want to become part of the Ropewalk’s story?

Whether you’re drawn to its architectural splendor and historic significance, or its modern renovation and location, if the Ropewalk sounds like the perfect place to call home, then give us a call. Currently we have 4 units available:

  • 1 Bed | 1 Bath | 588 sq. ft.
  • 2 Bed | 1 Bath | 707  sq. ft. 
  • 2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,074  sq. ft. 

However, inventory is always changing, so reach out to see if we have the perfect fit.