September 11, 2012 You say Vertullo, I say Bonney-Keith Block, Let?s Fix the Whole Thing Up?
|Pasquale Vertullo, 1930|
Around the office, we refer to 74-84 Fairmount either by its street address or as ?The Vertullo Building,? in honor of Pasquale Vertullo (pictured here) who bought the property in 1932 and from whose daughters?Carmela Vertullo Pearce and Joanne Vertullo Palie?HBI bought the building last year.
|Carmela Pearce, 2011|
When we began research to determine the building?s more formal historic and architectural value, preservation consultant Leslie Donovan of Tremont Preservation Services determined two facts that led to a new name being coined for the building. The first was that in 1867-1868, Hyde Park grocer William A. Bonney bought the land in the center of the block and developed and occupied the earliest part of the structure. Second, in 1882, Louisa Keith purchased land on the corner of Fairmount Avenue and Pierce Street and constructed a new section of the building, seamlessly integrating a portion of it into the Fairmount Avenue fa?ade. So, by the standard convention of naming buildings after owners who originally built or expanded them, Leslie Donovan proposed the building be formally called the ?Bonney-Keith Block,? using the surnames of the two original builders.