January 6, 2011 Construction Underway at the Golden Building
Work began last week on the Golden Building fa?ade rehabilitation project at 1510-1514 Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner?HBI?s first Historic Neighborhood Centers program bricks and mortar project.
During the demolition process, the crew uncovered layers of the building?s earlier features. The northernmost store has a brightly painted 1890s pressed tin ceiling and black and white tile mosaic walls from the 1920s under is existing exterior fitout. The space that now houses the Magic Wok restaurant was hiding a hand-painted sign under its most recent sign band that read ?Fields Corner Spa.? The southernmost storefront contained remains of what is likely the original ca. 1895 divided light transom windows at the top of the storefront. Fragments of what appeared to be cut stone pilasters in historic photographs (but which turned out to be molded stucco) were uncovered in several places along the front of the building.
Construction is expected to be wrapped up in 8 or 9 weeks, weather permitting. Stay tuned to the HBI blog for more updates.