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June 3, 2019 HBI was saddened to learn of the passing on May 27th of Carmela Vertullo Pearce at the age of 87. Carmela was a lifelong Hyde Park resident and, except for a brief stint after she was first married, resided in the Vertullo Building...

Throughout the cities, hills and mountains of the former Yugoslavia, vast Modernist monuments recall the heroism of anti-fascist Partisans and revolutionaries. Once upon a time, these striking sites were busy with tour buses and school children, but ever since the collapse of Yugoslavia, the visitors...

To HBI, a preserved building has the potential to be the launch pad for a new business where there was once an abandoned or underutilized historic building. Or it might become a place where a family can build a home. When a historic building is...

We feature a guest post here from Earl Taylor, President of the Dorchester Historical Society and the owner/creator of content for the Dorchester Athenaeum website (www.dorchesteratheneum.org).  He shares with us research he has been compiling on Boston’s many extant mile markers from the 18th and...

In honor of preservation month, HBI is kicking off a monthly blog series that highlights the impact of historic preservation projects on the neighbors, businesses, and residents of the communities where we work. From Roxbury to Mattapan to Highland Park, we hope to discover how...

The City of Boston has begun discussing disposition of the long vacant Owen Nawn Factory (2080 Washington Street) at the entrance to Roxbury’s Dudley Square for private development, and while the community’s hope for a neighborhood orientation center continues, a look at what the Nawn...

 HBI's Shaurya Batra returned from vacation in Rome, a trip which got him thinking about historic preservation in ancient cities. With the ever-present threat of degradation of the ancient structures, upkeep and the preservation of architecture is a constant (and costly) necessity. But when it...

Jenny Nathans is a public health professional, a burgeoning preservationist and a resident of Jamaica Plain. She recently published a version of this research on the historic house at 197 Green Street in Jamaica Plain for the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. In it she tells...