HBI is pleased to have received a $10,000 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for pre-development planning at the 1786 Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan. HBI executed a purchase and sale agreement with the Epstein family trust in October of 2014 and will finalize purchase next week.
The Foundation’s grant is supporting architecture, engineering and financial analyses for preservation of the threatened historic farmhouse, 1860s barn and landscape for a combined housing and urban farming program. The property, once the center of a 330 acre colonial farmstead, is today about 30,000 square feet of land. The house and barn have never been moved and are collectively protected as a designated Boston Landmark.
An important financial partner to HBI and its projects, Eastern Bank has helped finance the Hayden Building in Chinatown and the Alvah Kittredge House in Roxbury. The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has been a generous donor to the organization’s many projects.
Eastern Bank was founded in 1818 and is the oldest mutual bank in the country. In 2015, the bank’s foundation will donate approximately $6.4 million to many organizations across eastern Massachusetts and southern and coastal New Hampshire.
HBI is grateful to Eastern Bank for helping HBI strengthen Boston’s neighborhoods through historic preservation.