Marcus Garvey Gardens

24-44 John Eliot Square

Built: 1979-1980

Architect: Donald Stull and David Lee


Marcus Garvey Gardens is built on the site of the former home of Major Nathaniel Ruggles.

The Ruggles family, arriving here in 1635 were prominent in Roxbury history. Major Nathaniel Ruggles (died 1780), the uncle of Joseph Ruggles served in the patriot army during the siege of Boston. His house, on the corner of Highland and Eliot Square, served as quarters for some patriot officers during the siege of Boston.


Marcus Garvey Gardens is comtemporary infill construction.


Marcus Garvey Gardens built in 1979-1980 and designed by Stull and Lee Associates contains 161 units of housing for the elderly, the handicapped and families. Financed by the Mass Housing Finance Agency, it represents the results of ten years of housing advocacy by the Roxbury Action Program (RAP). Minority employment during construction was nearly 60% across all trades. It has been managed by Cruz Management for 25 years.

Source: Boston Landmarks Commission : Building Information Form