If you have not yet seen the interior of the newly redesigned Hayden Building, now is your chance to see the newest images of these hip new apartments. All photos courtesy of John Horner Photography. Furniture courtesy of Design Within Reach, and paintings courtesy of L’Attitude Gallery.
For More information on the Hayden Building, and to find out how you could live in one of these apartments, visit www.thehaydenbuilding.com
Guest Blogger Brian Pfeiffer of Preservation Advisory Services, consultant to HBI on easement
management, begins a series of four blog posts on preservation restrictions and
their importance to historic preservation and their value to donors. HBI holds seven easements, mostly on properties where the organization has
made significant investments before selling to a private owner.
The Austin Block, one of HBI's Easement Properties
What is a preservation
At first glance, the idea of Preservation Restrictions may seem
confusing. The question arises, “How can
one give away a portion of property rights?”
The idea, however, is quite simple.
We are accustomed to the arrangement by which portions or property
rights are routinely granted for various purposes. Landlords grant a portion of property rights
- the right to occupy and use a defined space - to tenants for finite periods
of time in exchange for payment of rent.
Similarly, many property owners are familiar with easements by which a
neighbor may own the deeded right to use and maintain a driveway to provide
access to his or her property which would otherwise be inaccessible. Utility companies acquire rights to extend
power lines across private properties in order to serve the larger good of the
surrounding neighborhoods. In the case
of such easements, a power company may own the right to place poles and enter a
property to maintain lines, while the property owner may surrender the right to
build on that portion of the property but retain the right to maintain a lawn
and use the space for recreation. Such
arrangements are common to provide practical, tangible benefits to communities.
the days of foot warmers and heavy blankets in church, but thedraft-reducing
box pews and challenges of temperature control are still present in two of
Boston’s oldest wood-framed historic meetinghouses. Condition assessments for First Church in Roxbury (1804) and Second Church in Dorchester (1805)
have included reviews of heating system improvements since both churches
struggle with this same issue that has confronted New England congregations
since the early days of voluminous worship spaces. Funded by Historic Boston Incorporated, the assessment
of these two significant religious facilities has been performed by Mills
case of First Church, a pair of undersized oil-fired furnaces located in the
uninsulated cellar heats the existing sanctuary. Earlier coal-fired furnaces, though
deteriorated, are still present. Delivering
hot air via uninsulated ductwork to randomly spaced floor registers dating from
multiple time periods, the space comfort from the existing furnaces is far from
ideal. However, since the facility does
not host a congregation at the present time, the sanctuary is only used for
special events and the heat is normally turned off. The church proper is one of three
interconnected buildings, including the 1876 Putnam Chapel and 2004 Urban
Ministry Center, both of which are heated and in constant use. There is now a keen interest in resurrecting
the usability of the church for meetings of all kinds, and key to that success
is the provision of a viable heating system that is appropriate and affordable. Working within the constraints of limited
resources and the historic facility, replacement of the furnaces with gas-fired
units, insulated ductwork and other improvements are recommended, along with
keeping the space above freezing when not in use in order to adequately protect
interior finishes that need to be restored.
Actor Bronson Pinchot has an
irrepressible enthusiasm for Greek Revival houses. His passion is evident
in his DIY Network show The Bronson Pinchot Project, which documents the
revitalization of his 1840 Greek Revival home using architectural
salvage. Bronson recently learned of Historic Boston’s plans to
rehabilitate the 1836 Greek Revival Alvah Kittredge House in Roxbury from
Restoration Resources owner Bill Raymer, and decided to come to Boston to see
the house for himself. Bronson, Bill Raymer, and carpenter Joe Pohida
toured the Alvah Kittredge House last week with HBI project manager Lisa Lewis,
searching for potential salvage that HBI won’t be able to reuse in our
renovation. We asked Bronson to write a guest blog post explaining why he loves
Greek Revivals. He happily obliged, but because he has more to say than
we can fit into one blog post, promised to return with future guest
posts. Here is part 1.
There are two
ways to cut a dashing figure. One is to go out and buy nice clothes. The other
is to haunt the gym and build up your body ‘til it excites comment whether you
are wearing a tuxedo, or a t-shirt and jeans, or nothing at all.
Greek Revival is
the only style in all of American architecture that takes the second course of
The rest is all
pearl necklaces on boxy bodies.
I have seen
remnants of 16th century domestic architecture in Florida. These are
endearingly blocky boxes. I have seen pilgrim century survivals in
Massachussetts--pointy asymmetrical saltboxes; Colonial townhouses in
Portsmouth--weather-boarded boxes with elegant broken arch overdoors; Federal
piles in Maryland and Virginia, which are semi-transparent boxes with calligraphic
mullion tracery and reticent classical details in shallow relief.
American domiciles of the 16th through very early 19th centuries are
always touching, often poetic, sometimes ethereal, and always boxy.
American architecture puts aside the tiara and the satin sash, plunks itself
down on the bench press and pumps up its chest and shoulders. Out juts the
portico supported by splendid columns and capital capitals--the sober Doric,
the iconic Ionic, the flowering Corinthian and the palm-leaf-and-acanthus Tower
of the Winds. It is a statement as audacious, as commanding and as thrilling as
the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
In the 1850’s
corbels and gable-edge rick-rack creep in. By the end of the decade columns
disappear and we are back to boxy cakes with Italianate icing. But
between1825-1850 Greek Revival reigned supreme. That is why in its day it was
known simply as “The National Style.” Mark Twain described early 19th century
America as a landscape of “molasses-candy colored Parthenons.” Which is why in
the next installment I shall discuss the utter wrongheadedness of painting
these structures in pale colors--like my own blindingly white Greek Revival
join Mayor Thomas M. Menino to launch Boston’s
city-wide celebration of National Historic Preservation Month. Boston's neighborhoods of older homes are
distinctive among American cities. Find out how to save money by making your
old house energy efficient while preserving its historic character and value.
Presentations will address where to start and what items to prioritize.
Information will include energy auditing through blower door tests and thermal
imaging and how to tune-up old windows to outlast replacement windows and
provide energy savings. Case studies will cover solar voltaic and solar hot
water installations. Speakers will share best practices and additional
Better with Age: Greening
Historic Commercial Buildings
preservation is crucial to Boston’s
continuing commercial redevelopment. Revitalizing historic buildings ensures
remains unique among American cities, with blocks of historic downtown
commercial buildings. Three presentations will showcase recent adaptive-reuse
projects that meld historic preservation and sustainable design treatments.
These projects are LEED-certified and they utilized historic tax credits. While
the three historic buildings are very different, the techniques employed to
increase their sustainability are replicable and will be explored in this
presentation by members of the projects’ design and development teams:
May is Preservation Month, and all of the neighborhoods of Boston will be a part of the celebration. Once again, the Boston Landmarks Commission has organized a fantastic calendar of events. Check it out, and make sure to take part in as many of the festivities as you can.
initial tax court disagreed with the IRS’s position in Boardwalk, the appeals court sided with the IRS, agreeing that the
corporate member of the HBH project partnership assumed virtually no risk in
joining the project. Instead, the Third
Circuit Court of Appeals found that the corporate member’s lack of a guaranteed
return contingent upon the success of the project combined with its automatic
allocation of tax credits was tantamount to a guaranteed repayment of its
capital contribution to the partnership.
The corollary then, according to the Third Circuit, was that the
corporate member was not a true partner in the project for federal income tax
In its petition, HBH forcefully refutes
the notion that the corporate partner was not at risk and argues that the Third
Circuit’s findings contradict both the tax code and previous case law.In fact, it points out, the Supreme Court
previously held that a legitimate partnership exists so long as the parties
merely intended to conduct business together and share in the profits and
losses of that business.And while the
corporate member of the partnership may have lacked a guaranteed return hinging
on the success of the project, it was entitled to a preferred return based on
the cash flow of the partnership.In
other words, the petition insists that the corporate member sufficiently bound
itself to the fate of the project to qualify as a legitimate partner.
This note was found afixed to a door in the Hayden Building, and has been kept by HBI as a souvenir of its Combat Zone days
A little overly dramatic, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but this isn’t really
an April Fools Day post.
Curbed Boston this week cited the Hayden Building’s restoration as the last gasp of the edgy Combat Zone
on Lower Washington Street – now the fast-growing “Midtown” – and the end of
the edgy advertising that, Curbed says,
kept the Phoenix afloat. It won’t be the first time we’ve been accused
of gentrification; but we know that – no joke -- had HBI not intervened on the
Hayden Building 20 years ago, it just wouldn’t be there right now. Change is a fact of life, even for historic
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