Seeking a Representative to the Brooks Estate Board of Directors

Brooks Estate Manor House

Shepherd Brooks Estate in 1880. Image from the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

The Medford Historical Commission seeks letters of interest from qualified individuals within the City of Medford to be appointed to the Medford Brooks Estate Land Trust (M-BELT) Board of Directors, serving as the representative of the Medford Historic Commission.

Owned by the City of Medford since 1942, and managed by the Medford Brooks Estate Land Trust (M-BELT) following permanent protection in 1998, the Brooks Estate is an important local landmark. M-BELT was created as a public-private partnership, with a composite board drawn from M-BELT membership, and representative from the Medford Historical Commission, the Medford Historical Society the Medford City Council and Mayor.

Dating back to 1660, this parcel is the last of extensive landholdings belonging to the Brooks Family of West Medford. From 1880, the grounds were the summer residence of Peter Chardon Brooks III and his brother, Shepherd Brooks. The later hired noted architects Peabody and Stearns to design the elaborate brick Queen Anne manor and carriage house. Following its use by the City as World War II veterans housing a nursing home, and later a group home, the manor building has been undergoing a restoration effort to breathe new life into this important complex.

We seek an energetic candidate that has an interest in the ongoing work of M-BELT and to assist with the collaboration with the Medford Historical Commission. You will be required to attend M-BELT board meetings and report quarterly to the Commission. Applicants should have an interest, knowledge, or experience in the fields related to historic preservation, landscape architecture, architecture, architectural history, and/or Medford history. With over fifty acres of conservation land, two historic buildings and a multitude of tasks at hand, we encourage you to contact the Commission if you have any questions or need further information. The Master Plan for the Brooks Estate can be found on M-BELT’s website at http://www.brooksestate.org.

When sending information, please include your name, contact and supporting materials (such as CV and cover letters). Candidates will be contacted by the Commission for an interview. We will then appoint the nominee. Those selected to serve generally serve for three year terms.

Please submit letters & materials to:

Ryan D. Hayward
Commission Chairman

Email (preferred):
HistoricalCommission@medford-ma.gov

Regular Mail:
Medford Historical Commission
Ryan D. Hayward, Chairman
c/o Office of Planning and Community Development
Medford City Hall
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155

Medford Historical Commission Seeks New Members!

Are you wondering how you can make a difference in Medford?
Want to get involved with the Historical Commission?
The Medford Historical Commission is accepting applications from interested citizens on a continual basis until vacancies are filled.

Medford Historical Commission Call for Letters of Interest

The Medford Historical Commission seeks letters of interest from qualified individuals within the Medford community to serve on our board.

The Medford Historical Commission and the Medford Historic District Commission share the common goals of preserving and protecting the City’s historic character and heritage.

The Medford Historical Commission was established under Section 8d of Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws and Chapter 48 of the Medford Municipal Ordinances. The Commission is the official City body charged with the identification of properties and sites in the City of historical significance and is the principal adviser to the City on matters relating to historic preservation. The Commission is further charged with reviewing all requests for demolition of buildings constructed before 1900 or are listed on the National and/or Massachusetts Registers of Historic Places, in accordance with the City’s demolition delay ordinance.

Applicants should have interest, knowledge, and experience in fields related to historic preservation and Medford history.  Interested applicants may contact the Commission for further information. Please include your name and contact information, as well as any supporting material.  Candidates may be contacted by the Commission for an interview. The Commission shall then present a list of nominees to the Mayor for final selection and appointment. Those selected to serve on the board generally serve three years.

Please submit letters & materials to:

Ryan D. Hayward
Vice Chair
Medford Historical Commission

Email (preferred):
Rhayw12345@aol.com

Regular Mail:
Medford Historical Commission
c/o Office of Planning and Community Development
Medford City Hall
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155

Historical Commission Fall Update

This fall the Historical Commission participated in Medford Community Day at Andrews School. Visitors to our table looked at maps of Medford from  1875, 1900, and 1936 to get a general idea of when their house may have been built, which was then visually represented by different color pins in a map of modern Medford.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat, tell us about their houses, and explore Medford’s architectural history and development!

This fall we also bid a fond farewell to long-time commissioner, Claire Dempsey. We thank her for her years of service to the commission – her knowledge of city history and architecture will be missed!

Medford Hillside Walking Tour – Saturday, July 18

SATURDAY: Medford Hillside Walking Tour
10 a.m., meet at Wesley United Methodist Church, 100 Winthrop Street

Each summer, Medford author and local historian Dee Morris presents a free walking tour featuring a particular Medford neighborhood. This year, Dee will be presenting the tour “Some Exceedingly Capable People of Medford Hillside.” Dee’s tour description:

“Do you want a home of your own?” was the rallying cry of Leavitt & Woodworth, two premier real estate agents from Medford Hillside in the early 1900s.

Living in the Chester or Greenleaf Avenue area offered the commuter about 48 streetcars or trains to and from Boston. The comfortable homes built on the fine dry soil provided a healthy environment in which to raise a family.

Near to Tufts College, this socially-minded neighborhood loved entertaining by presenting amateur theatricals put on by the “None-Such Comedy Club.” Yet in 1903 the peace was shattered when one of the local girls was shot while walking up her front stairs.

There are many untold stories in this ideal community.

Dee will repeat her walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, and Saturday, September 12.

Presented by the Friends of the Medford Public Library.