Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lenox Building Shines in Fields Corner



The art deco details of the Lenox Building in Fields Corner literally sparkle these days now that work is largely complete on a rehabilitation project carried out by the Cappelletti family with the help of HBI, Fields Corner Main Street (FCMS), and the City of Boston.

The work of polishing this diamond in the rough included a thorough cleaning of the 1920 building’s brick and cast stone fa├žade combined with the restoration of its original sign band (now evenly lit by attractive and high-tech fixtures), the removal of unattractive solid metal security grates, and the total reconstruction of the corner retail space’s storefront window systems.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Take a Tour of Dorchester

Get a new perspective on Dorchester during a MY Dot Tour in August. These free, multi-media tours are led by local teens who will talk about the past, present and future of the community.

The hour-long tours take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 and Sunday, August 14th. They feature a selection of notable sites around Fields Corner that have been identified and researched by local teens with help from archives, residents and local institutions.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Inside the Alvah Kittredge Mansion -

Scroll through the pictures on to get a closer look at what the Alvah Kittredge House looks like now. We'll be sharing updates as the renovations progress.

Inside the Alvah Kittredge Mansion -

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Alvah Kittredge House Tour Draws Crowd

The past has clearly not been forgotten in Roxbury. Our behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Alvah Kittredge house attracted many current and former neighbors who have personal memories of the people who once lived or worked in the Greek Revival period Home. They noted how pleased they are that this signficant landmark will be restored to its former glory and will once again be a point of pride in the neighborhood.

This community photo with Mayor Thomas M. Menino shows the overwhelming and broad support for this important project that will add to many ongoing community improvements in the Highland Park neighborhood. Click on read more to see a slideshow of the event.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Project to restore historic Roxbury site - The Boston Globe

On Monday, July 18, we'll be giving people a behind-the-scenes look at the Alvah Kittredge House, a home that is about to be restored to its former glory. We are looking forward to sharing our plans and getting the community more involved. This exciting project was highlighted on Saturday in the Boston Globe. The article describes the significance of this home to the the city and its future. This project is one of several that HBI is currently working on to preserve our significant historic resources while strengthening our neighborhoods.
Project to restore historic Roxbury site - The Boston Globe

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chipotle moving to historic Boston building - The Boston Globe

The story of the Old Corner Bookstore continues to evolve with a new lease. Read more in today's Boston Globe about the tenant, Chipotle, the history of this significant building, and the ongoing mission of Historic Boston to preserve our city's historic resources in a way that enhances its present and future.
Chipotle moving to historic Boston building - The Boston Globe

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Save The Date

Did you know?

In 1836, Alvah Kittredge, a prominent local businessman, a deacon in Roxbury Congregational Church, and one of Roxbury's five elected aldermen built a house on the site of the Revolutionary Roxbury Lower Fort.

Also that year:
  •  The territory of Wisconsin was created.
  • The Battle of the Alamo took place.
  • Arkansas became the 25th state admitted into the United States of America.
  • The city of Houston Texas was founded.
  • Martin Van Buren became president of the United States, defeating William Henry Harrison.
  • American painter Winslow Homer was born in Boston, Mass.
  • Charles Darwin completed his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle, a trip that shaped his theories on evolution.
Join us to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alvah Kittredge House and be a part of our history in a community photo. Refreshments will be served. Get more information and directions