Boston Then and Now
Jan 2011 25

Boston.com has a set of images on its website in a sort of “Boston: Then and Now” collage where you can look at photos from Boston’s past and match them up to photos of today.

Very cool way to see how things have, or haven’t, changed in Boston over the past 160 years since the invention of the photographic image.

There is a treasure trove of historic photos online of Boston. You just need to know where to look. The Bostonian Society, for example, has thousands of its images online. So does the Boston Public Library.

For more, send me an email and I can give you some direction.

East Boston real estate to get an historical review
Jan 2011 19

Many neighborhoods in Boston Proper have protections in place to keep their historical buildings in tact. The South End, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill are all protected – you can’t do much in way of changing the exterior of a building without approval by the local landmarks commission and, in some cases, national preservation society review.

Now, some residents of East Boston are hoping to bring the same level of protection to historic buildings in their neighborhood. The goal: protect these buildings while attempting to restore and reuse as many as possible.

The Boston Globe had a story about it recently:

The project is part of the Neighborhood Preservation Partnership, a joint effort between the Boston Preservation Alliance and Historic Boston Incorporated, with support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Through the partnership, the organizations are working to identify historically and architecturally significant sites throughout the city, with a focus on neighborhoods like East Boston that in the past have had less attention paid to their historic value.

Further:

… Historic Boston Incorporated will publish a document in January that analyzes the area and identifies those sites designated as important to residents and also locations that are ripe for economic redevelopment. It will also include resources and tips to help neighborhood organizations create economically viable redevelopment opportunities for commercial buildings …

Click through to read more and to find contact information.

More: East Boston sets priorities for historic preservation, The Boston Globe

Oct 2009 28

While checking out the new listings on MLS I came across this beauty, it’s a 3 bed 3.5 bath condo at The Waterworks Chestnut Hill.  The unit features 2,180 square feet of living space, Poggenpohl kitchen, marble bathrooms, cathedral ceilings, large historic windows, open fireplaced living and cherry floors. The building offers 5-star amenities and concierge service.

Check out the photos. Asking price is $1,275,000 If you are interested in this unit please contact Jeanine Heller at 508.930.6232 or email jheller@warrenre.com

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Last night I attended the party for high-end retail store Louis Boston where they officially announced their move from their long time Newbury Street location (see above photo) to the new Waterfront / Seaport neighborhood.  Partygoer’s were able to view renderings (see below) of the new building which is to begin construction sometime within the next few weeks and aims for a March completion and store opening.  Several came out to celebrate and local rockers Endway provided the music.  The Fallon Company will be the developer on this project and interior design by Tim Button of Stedila Design, Inc. who also designed the Newbury Street store.

The Boston Herald reports “ Upscale retailer Louis Boston will move from the city’s premier shopping boulevard to the uncharted waters of the Fan Pier.

The luxury boutique will vacate its 40,000-square-foot, three-story space at Newbury and Berkeley streets in the Back Bay next spring and move into a smaller “temporary” wood-frame building near the Institute of Contemporary Art on Northern Avenue.

‘I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a Fan Pier pioneer,” said Debi Greenberg, Louis’ owner. “It will look like someone’s loft apartment with a lot of clothes in it.’

Greenberg signed a letter of intent for a 10-year lease with Joseph Fallon, the developer of Fan Pier, the $3 billion development spanning 21 acres that, upon eventual completion, is expected to include three million square feet of residential, commercial, hotel and retail space, with sweeping views of the waterfront and the city’s skyline.”

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Dec 2006 12

In a speech this morning, Mayor Menino annouced his plans to again try to sell City Hall and City Hall Plaza to private developers.  The sale of this under-developed land would provide more than enough proceeds to fund the development of a iconic new City Hall on Drydock Four in the new and up-and-coming “Seaport District”.

My Thoughts:  I am almost always a fan of redeveloping under-developed land and completely support this proposal.  What are the drawbacks?  None that I can see.  Developers get a blank canvas to add to Boston’s skyline with more residential and mixed-use properties and the city get’s rid of one of the ugliest buildings ever constructed.  This also should bring some attention to the newly developed “Seaport District” and most likely bring in better public transportation as well.

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