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Century-old pictures show how far the South Boston waterfront has come

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Fort Point used to be much more industrial than it is today.
Fort Point used to be much more industrial than it is today. Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth

The Fort Point neighborhood, which is now known for its nice restaurants, loft apartments, and arts community, was once the industrial center of Boston.

The Boston Wharf Company developed the area in the 1830s, and owned most of it until the early 2000s.

Sugar, molasses, and wool were some of the main items being held in the warehouses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Here’s a look at Fort Point through the years:

Fort Point slowly turned into a residential community starting in the late 1970s, when artists began moving to the neighborhood looking for studio space and a place to live.

Boston Wharf Company buildings, constructed in the industrial loft form, still stand today, but they are no longer storage warehouses. Many of the buildings, such as 319A Street, are being turned into luxury apartments.