NOT Historically Significant: 96-102 Winchester St

At our October meeting, the buildings at 96-102 Winchester St, near Ball Square, were found to be NOT historically significant and a demo permit was granted.

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Photo from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society, dated 1961

But the garages at 100 Winchester St were once part of an extensive and long-running commercial dairy operation –

The Whiting Milk Company, active between 1857 and 1973, was one of New England’s first distributors of milk and dairy products door-to-door. It was established by David Whiting (born 1810) in 1857. Whiting’s father, Oliver, owned a large farm in Wilton, New Hampshire. “With the advent of the railroad to Wilton, Mr. Whiting [David] inaugurated operations in the milk contracting business for the Boston market…”

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Map from the USDA publication, “The Milk Supply of Boston” 1898

The firm was carried on by his son Harvey Augustus Whiting (1833-1903) and grandsons Isaac Spalding, George, John Kimball, David and Charles Frederick (1875-1972); Charles Frederick used his Harvard (1897) and MIT training to manage the dairy in a modern sanitary manner. Under the direction of David Whiting’s grandsons, the company merged with C. Brigham and Elm Farm Milk (both included in above map) to form a new corporation that, according to the Cambridge Chronicle of 1922, “employs more than 1000 persons and is one of the largest milk distributors in the country.”

In the 1950s, H.P. Hood and Sons and the Whiting Milk Company competed for the majority of the Boston milk market; the photo of the Whiting’s Milk truck at the top of the post is dated 1961. But the business of delivering milk and other dairy product suffered a national decline, due to increased consumer mobility because of automobiles. The company went into bankruptcy in 1973.

Still, most commissioners felt that the history of this company was not reflected in, or represented by the structures on the property at 100 Winchester St. Information above was adapted from the Form B for Winchester St_96-102.

September Agenda

The Agenda for our next meeting, Mon Sept 9 at 7 PM is now available here. We have been asked to comment on plans for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital site. Although we have not seen full plans yet, discussion is on the September agenda, and the plans should be available to share with the public at our September meeting.

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1924 Main Building, Georgian Revival Style, Charles B. Dunham, Architect 

And you can always find past meetings’ agendas and minutes on our website.

Preferably Preserved: 109 Forest St

The home at 109 Forest St was determined to be preferably preserved at our August public meeting.

When a building is found to be “preferably preserved” an 18 month delay of demolition is imposed, to give the applicant time to consider sale, renovation, reuse, relocation and other alternatives to demolition. The 18 month delay, in this case, also allows time for the neighbors, and the Historic District Commission, to develop plans for a potential Forest St Historic District, which could protect the house, and its neighbors, from demolition.

The applicant is invited to return to the Commission’s upcoming public meetings to present plans and alternatives, and to discuss the preservation concerns that their neighbors and the commission have. If, in any case, a plan is developed that addresses the concerns of the public and the commission, a demolition delay may be lifted before the 18 month period.

Thanks to the Medford residents who filled Alden Council Chambers to share their thoughts and concerns. Thanks too to residents who contacted us in writing. Everyone we heard from strongly supported preserving the house.

For a review of public comments, and details on the decision, please see our forthcoming meeting minutes.

August Agenda

Here is the August Agenda, for the Historical Commission’s meeting on Mon, Aug 12.  Please note the change of venue! We will still be meeting in City Hall at 7 PM, but in the spacious Alden Council Chambers since there is considerable interest in 109 Forest St. Our meeting will follow directly after the Historic DISTRICT Commission, where discussion of Forest St will also be on the agenda.

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Change of Venue!

Because of considerable public interest in Medford’s Forest Street, our Monday, Aug 12th meeting will now be in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 7 PM. This meeting will determine whether or not the house at 109 Forest Street is preferably preserved and subject to a delay in demolition.

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The full Public Hearing Notice is as follows:

Notice of Public Hearing
Monday, August 12, 2019
On Intent to Demolish a Significant Building
As Determined by the Medford Historical Commission

Notice is hereby given to the Public that a Notice of Intent to Demolish a Building has been submitted to the Medford Historical Commission for the dwelling house located at 109 Forest Street. The Commission has determined that the building meets the criteria of a significant building as defined in Section 48-77 of the Medford City Ordinances. In accordance with Section 48-78, the Commission is holding a public hearing on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Howard F. Alden Memorial Auditorium at Medford City Hall to determine if the demolition of the building at 109 Forest Street would be detrimental to the historical, cultural, or architectural heritage or resources of the City of Medford. For information regarding this hearing, please visit http://www.medfordhistoricalcommission.org. Comments may be submitted prior to the meeting in writing to HistoricalCommission@Medford-MA.gov.

 

Historically Significant: 109 Forest St

At the Historical Commission’s July public meeting, the house at 109 Forest St was found to be historically significant. At our August public meeting we will determine whether or not this building is also preferably preserved. That meeting will be Monday, August 12. Because there is considerable public interest in Forest St and its historic homes and buildings we would like to consider locations larger than the usual Room 201 at City Hall, so the time and location are yet to be decided.

If a building is found preferably preserved, an 18 month delay of demolition will take place, to give the demo applicant time to consider renovation, reuse, relocation and other alternatives to demolition. 

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July Agenda

July Agenda is now available. Our monthly public meeting is 7 PM tonight, right after the 6 PM Historic District Commission meeting, both in Room 201 at City Hall. Medford’s Forest St is on the agenda at both meetings…

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Demo Application: 109 Forest St

At our June public meeting, the Medford Historical Commission received an application to demolish the house at 109 Forest St, a brick home built between 1900-1910 on one of Medford’s main streets.

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Image via Kristy Avino, and the many lively Facebook discussion about the house.

The Form B for 109 Forest St PDF File is already on file with the Historical Commission and gives a detailed architectural description of the “exceptionally well-preserved” Colonial Revival home; the Historical Commission generally relies on information from the Form B to decide whether or not a building is “historically significant.” Information on neighboring Forest St houses is available through MACRIS, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System.

At the same meeting, the Commission found the house at 17 Florence Ave, in the Heights, to be “not historically significant” and so a permit for demolition will be granted for that property. Minutes of the meeting will be posted when they are available.