Friday, June 27, 2014

Breaking Throught the Glass Ceiling at The Kittredge House

One of the most striking features of the Alvah Kittredge House interior that was still mostly intact when Historic Boston acquired the building was the multi-colored glass ceiling in the main entry hall. Bordered by dark wood molding and bracketing, it is definitely not Greek Revival in style and was likely installed in the late nineteenth century, perhaps after the house was moved to its current location. Although it is not original to the 1836 house, it was determined by the National Park Service to be a significant feature that needed to be preserved and retained.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund Supports Preservation of the Roslindale Substation

HBI is proud to announce a $125,000 grant from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Trust for preservation of the 1911 Roslindale Substation.   The generous contribution will help restore the historic features of the building as part of its $6.1 million rehabilitation. 

A project of Historic Boston Inc., Roslindale Village Main Street, and Peregrine Group LLC, the Roslindale Substation will be transformed into a destination restaurant by Chris Douglass, the restaurateur behind the Ashmont Grill and Tavalo in the Ashmont neighborhood of Dorchester.  The historic building and its restaurant will anchor 43 new apartments at the corner of Washington Street and Cummins Highway.  

Artist, conservationist, preservationist and philanthropist, Amelia Peabody established the Amelia Peabody Charitable Trust to contribute to the causes that were most important to her during her long life (1890-1984).  The Trust supports non-profit organizations in Boston and New England with initiatives in the areas of health (human and animal), visual arts, land conservation and historic preservation.

Historic Boston is deeply honored to be recipient of support from the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund.  Miss Peabody is renowned for her support of many things that strengthen our communities, including historic preservation.  We hope to emulate those qualities and the reach of her vision through the restoration of the Roslindale Substation.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Historic Roslindale Substation Redevelopment Progresses

The final pieces are quickly coming together to make the redevelopment and historic preservation of the Roslindale Substation a reality.  Agreement has been reached with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) leading to the disposition of the Substation to the Joint Venture Partnership of HBI, Peregrine Group, and RVMS.

The Final Designation from the BRA is anticipated in August with Final Disposition and Closing on the building by year end. This has paved the way for permitting, ground breaking, and construction to begin on the adjacent residential component in July of this year with the historic restoration work on the Substation to commence shortly thereafter and later this summer.  

In addition, after many months of planning, it is with great pleasure that celebrated local restaurateur Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill and Tavolo Restaurant) joins the project team with an exciting concept for a restaurant in the grand space of the main floor of the substation. Chris and Peregrine are now pursuing complementary entertainment uses for the ground floor to extend the hours of the building and increase the pedestrian activity of the square.

For more information check out the Roslindale Village Main Street organization webpage and blog

Friday, June 6, 2014

Original Fire House Door Returns to Eustis Street – as a Table!

One of the original doors to the Eustis Street Fire House has made a triumphant return. Although, this time it is in a slightly different form. William Wheeler and Mike Fazio, students in the Cabinetry and Furniture Making program at the North Bennet Street School took the door, and turned it into a beautiful conference table. Wheeler and Fazio stripped many layers of paint from the door to reveal the original wood. They then built a base for the table with beautiful hand turned legs. We are thrilled to have the door back, and are excited by it's artful repurposing. It just goes to show that the stuff of old buildings can always be transformed to fit modern needs. Thanks again to Will and the North Bennet Street School!

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