HBI Rings in its 60th Year at the Old Corner Bookstore

HBI Rings in its 60th Year at the Old Corner Bookstore

This fall, the HBI staff and headquarters moved back to the Old Corner Bookstore at 3 School Street in downtown Boston after 10 years at the Eustis Street Fire House in Roxbury. The Old Corner Bookstore building, which was initially saved from demolition by HBI back in 1960, was restored back to its colonial architectural style and resumes its life as a commercial space.

In 2018, as part of the 300th year celebration of the building, HBI commissioned author, Susan Wilson, to write a history of HBI’s flagship property: The Old Corner Bookstore building. Through its life as an apothecary, a tailor’s shop, a cigar emporium,  a pizza joint, and beyond, Wilson explores the people and businesses that have called the building home for over three centuries.

The book is available as a .pdf for anyone to enjoy. Read all about the history of the Old Corner Bookstore building, the oldest commercial building in Boston here.

Tales From the Old Corner: Celebrating 300 Years was written in conjunction with the special celebration for Tony Pangaro and the Old Corner Bookstore’s 300th year. Thanks to the funds raised by the event, HBI plans to stage a new program of preservation so that the Old Corner will receive the extensive care required of a centuries-old structure.

Craving more historic photos? Visit the HBI Flickr page to see the photos that didn’t make it into the book.