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As the project manager for Neighborhood Field Services, Shelby Graham is compiling what we refer to as the "Commercial Casebook", which identifies pivotal historic resources in Boston's neighborhood commercial districts whose preservation will contribute to their neighborhood's character and future economic growth. Shelby also seeks to build...

Editor's Note: This week's blog post comes to us from Ward Hamilton, of Olde Mohawk Masonry and Historic Restoration?. Mr. Hamilton is the principal of the firm and has performed many masonry preservation projects throughout New England.  Olde Mohawk has been working on stabilizing the foundation of...

Historic Boston keeps track of at-risk historic buildings in Boston, even if the time isn?t right for their preservation. In 1980, HBI published the first Preservation Revolving Fund Casebook to identify a group of buildings that were both historically significant and threatened by demolition, neglect,...

As we earlier blogged, Historic Boston is not the first group to reuse a Boston fire house. In fact, we aren?t even the first group to reuse THIS fire house at Eustis Street. During the first few decades of the 20th century, the Eustis Street...

Editor?s Note: Historic Boston is thrilled that the Timothy Smith Network will be joining us at the Eustis Street Fire House as our first floor tenants. This week, we took the opportunity to get to know the organization a bit better by speaking with their...

Editor?s note: The following post was contributed by Brian Willet, principal at History Improved, a construction company specializing in renovation, revitalization and preservation of historic structures. History Improved has recently conducted selective demolition to help HBI and the North Bennet Street School identify structural issues...

After a terrific groundbreaking ceremony at the historic Eustis Street Fire House in May, you may wonder: where?s the construction? Historic Boston Incorporated is ready to go, but some land access issues related to our abutter, Harrison Supply Company, have prevented the closing on our...

Every cloud has a silver lining. When Historic Boston lost a major tenant from the Old Corner Bookstore retail space a few months ago, we were obviously very disappointed. The money that HBI earns from its properties supports the organization?s operations and projects. HBI is...

Seven years ago, structural engineer John Wathne attached a video camera to his son?s toy remote truck and let ?er rip across the second floor of the Modern Theater on Washington Street in Boston?s Theatre District. He wasn?t certain the floor would hold him. Wathne...