|The Boston Preservation Alliance under the
leadership of Erica Lindamood held a workshop on June 9, 2011 entitled
"Upham's Corner: Places Worth Preserving, Stories Worth Telling" at St.
Mary's church on Jone's Hill. She later thanked those who
attended, citing a few of the evening's highlights:
- Discussion of the historical role of the railroad in the
neighborhood, historical landscaping along Columbia Road, and old
houses of note in surrounding residential districts
- Advocacy for creation of a neighborhood map with easy-to-read
explanation of various types of districts and designations, including
Neighborhood Design Overlay Districts, National Register listing, and
View draft report distributed at meeting
- Discussion of special places and neighborhood history
|The Dorchester Reporter covered the meeting:
Excerpts from article:
Preservation group targets Uphams Corner sites for review
By Pat Tarantino, Reporter Staff
Jun. 16, 2011
During an open workshop titled “Uphams Corner: Places worth preserving,
stories worth telling,” held on Thursday (June 9) at St. Mary’s Church,
a small group of local history enthusiasts met with BPA’s lead
researchers, combing through a preliminary report that highlights 28
residential and commercial properties that have been brought to the
Alliance’s attention over the course of a two-year survey.
Once completed, the BPA hopes to use this report to guide their own
advocacy for the protection of historic landmarks, as well as inform
elected officials, developers and residents of often overlooked
historical sites that may otherwise face demolition with untold
stories. Sarah Kelly BPA executive director said the process serves a
dual role of giving residents pause for
thought as they consider what makes their corner of the city unique.
In it’s current state, the report is a collection of images and brief
entries about notable locations around the Uphams Corner neighborhood,
ranging from historical mainstays like the Strand Theatre and the
Pilgrim Church, to more obscure attractions like a small mission-style
comfort station found in the Old North Burial Ground and the Uphams
Corner Market Building, which housed Boston’s first one-stop
supermarket in the 1920’s.
said the project’s reliance on local input will help preserve the
buildings most important to the people who experience them on a daily
basis: “What we’re trying to do is capture what we hear from members of the
community, rather than saying ‘this building is important, this
Some concerns were raised.
Currently there are 10 city-mandated historic landmark districts, which
receive additional protection when new development projects could
potentially alter the historical character of the area, none of these
regions fall within Dorchester or Mattapan.
- The report lacked “an editorial voice,
something that could tell a story of how Uphams Corner has evolved.”
- Why particular homes were singled out for the report while residences of similar styles and ages were omitted
|The final report is due out in September 2011. Read letter from Erica Lindamood:
August 29, 2011
Dear Friends of Upham's Corner,
As many of you know, the Boston Preservation Alliance has recently held
several workshops and discussion sessions to teach and learn about the
rich architectural history of Upham's Corner and surrounding
residential neighborhoods, and to gain an understanding of community
members' priorities for the care and preservation of these resources.
This work has been done in partnership with the National Trust for
Historic Preservation and Historic Boston Incorporated, and in
collaboration with Upham's Corner Main Street and many others in the
In early September, we will distribute via email a draft report that
summarizes this process and our findings. We have delayed release of
this draft report in order to ensure that it is as complete and
accurate as possible.
Please contact us (see below) to get on the mailing list.
Erica B. Lindamood
Boston Preservation Alliance
ph: (617) 367-2458
f: (617) 227-1886
Erica Lindamood <email@example.com>
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