Friday, September 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|Working on the new iron fence|
|Our sidewalk extended|
The second major transformation is the City’s continuation of the brick sidewalk to the front of the fire house. This was a logical extension, as the brick sidewalk now helps define the historic district comprised of the Owen Nawn Factory, Eliot Burying Ground and Eustis Street Fire House. We are very grateful to the City for this elegant improvement.
The most exciting new addition to the fire house was the arrival and installation of the long-awaited ornamental fence that now runs alongside our walkway.
Posted by Historic Boston Inc. at 5:50 PM
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Boston Business Journal featured Historic Boston Inc. in recent article about our new Dudley Square headquarters:
Renovation group relocates to Roxbury
The move is an important one for Historic Boston Inc., which launched more than 50 years ago with the renovation of what became its headquarters at the Old Corner Bookstore downtown.
Renovation group relocates to Roxbury
Boston Business Journal by Mary Moore , email@example.com
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:00am EDT
An organization that restores historic buildings to catalyze community development has moved from its longtime headquarters in Downtown Crossing to the city’s oldest remaining firehouse — a newly renovated building in Dudley Square.
Posted by Historic Boston Inc. at 7:32 AM
Friday, September 23, 2011
|Current photo of facade|
1965 Bostonian Society photo showing early storefronts;
Located at 74-84 Fairmount Avenue in Logan Square, the Vertullo Building is thought to be one of the few surviving commercial structures from the period of Hyde Park’s early commercial development in the 1850s and 1860s. Built in the late 1860s and then expanded with new storefronts in about 1895, this is one of the priority properties that HBI and its Historic Neighborhood Centers program partners identified together in a 2008 work plan for the program in that district.
It has been our genuine pleasure getting to know building owner Carmela (Vertullo) Pearce during the course of our discussions to purchase the property. Carmela’s father, Pasquale “Patsy” Vertullo, bought the building in 1932 and operated a cobbler shop and shoe store there for almost four decades. Carmela has lived in the building most of her life, and is a walking treasure trove of neighborhood history. While Carmela makes plans her own future, she is happy to be shedding her property management duties, which have been her responsibility for quite some time.
Posted by Historic Boston Inc. at 6:31 PM
Friday, September 16, 2011
HBI works in a microcosm of its former offices at Downtown Crossing. There are many lunchtime options, places to buy clothes and shoes, and shops for our daily fix of office candy. We even have our own version of the Filenes hole in the ground at the former Ferdinand’s Blue Store, slated for development next year. Gradually, we’re learning the new landscape and enjoying the adventure of discovery.
By this time, we are “regulars” at Haley House, a newer institution in
Dudley that is the lunch hub for neighbors
and workers. In what looks like a hip,
cool, yuppie lunch spot, Haley House’s managers and staff are carrying out a
really important mission. They train
at-risk young people in food services and culinary arts and are devoted to the
justice of good, healthy food for everyone.
The group of men and women who prepare awesome meals at Haley House have
become a steady presence in our daily lives too.
Posted by Historic Boston Inc. at 11:56 AM
Friday, September 9, 2011
|Our Groundbreaking earlier this year let us meet some of our neighbors.|
We're enjoying getting to know them better.
If you think
is just the center of African-American Roxbury, think again. Culturally, that’s true, but the Census tells us that Roxbury is changing with significant increases in Spanish-speaking residents, and it’s evident on the street. Visit Tropical Foods – a long time magnet for Latino food anyway – and you will experience one of the truly great markets of Dudley . Tropical Foods, at its core a basic grocery store, is peppered with imported food from Africa, the Caribbean and Boston , and produce that reflects the cooking styles of many cultures. And as you check out, pretty much all the cashiers and staff are speaking Spanish with their customers. Central America
Posted by Historic Boston Inc. at 2:50 PM