Porter Square, Somerville/Cambridge, MA


Porter Square is a neighborhood in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts, located around the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Somerville Avenue, between Harvard and Davis Squares.  Previously called Union Square, Porter Square was renamed in the early 20th century for the now-vanished Porter’s Hotel, operated by Zachariah B. Porter, who also left his name to the hotel’s specialty, the cut of steak known as porterhouse. The hotel was demolished in 1909.

A prominent feature of the Porter Square skyline is the tower on the Art Deco-style building located at 1815 Massachusetts Avenue. The building, now known as University Hall, was originally a Sears, Roebuck store from 1928 to 1985. In 1991, Lesley University began leasing classroom space there, and in 1994 the university bought the building.

The Porter Square station serves both the MBTA Red Line and Commuter Rail Fitchburg Line.

With the Porter Square area straddling both Somerville and Cambridge, you find most of these restaurants right over the Somerville line.  As Porter Square is home to a significant Japanese population, there are many good Japanese restaurants such as Yume Wo Katare, Ittyo Restaurant, Sapporo Ramen, Café Mami, Tampopo and Akai Ryu Shabu and Sushi.

However, the most memorable place, even from my childhood, is the long standing Tag’s Hardware store, now a member of the Ace Hardware franchise.  As a child, my grandfather and I would visit this historic icon for everything he needed to keep his house in tip top shape.  There are lots of good memories for me here, and more for you and your family to make when you decide to look for a new home in Porter Square.  Call me and let me preview some of these fine homes with you and yours.