This was Sarah Goodrich.
And she used to live in this neighborhood.
The Economist had a very good article about her recently. Towers of ilium has mixed feelings about Beacon Hill. Its lack of accessibility, its wonderful character, and its endurance point to something special about community building. It can't be replicated. The first rule of modern architecture is this: If it has character, it violates building codes. This topic can be covered exhaustively, but it remains saddening. A Wal-Mart is a much safer place to be than any house in an old neighborhood.
Update: Towers of ilium made yet another contribution to misunderstanding and poor spelling. Her name was "Goodridge."