Boston’s celebrity chef Christopher Kimball sings the praises of one of Medford’s famous local ladies – Fannie Farmer – with WGBH.
The Commission is sad to share the news that our most senior member, Dan Menezes, passed away last week. His Boston Globe obituary is here. The commission – and all of Medford – benefited from his deep knowledge of local history, and his passionate energy for preserving it. We will miss him.
Although it doesn’t come until late in the piece, he assures everyone that
The Peter Tufts House is NOT THREATENED in any way by this decision. When MHSM purchased the property, the deed included a permanent preservation restriction administered by Historic New England. The property cannot be subdivided or demolished. The entire exterior and many of the interior features are protected by the deed restrictions. HNE requires work to be approved in advance and they inspect the house annually for compliance.
The realtor’s listing is here. The Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Medford Historical Commission are two separate entities; the former is private and funded by membership and donation, the latter is public and part of Medford’s city government.
But we are all involved in the work of sharing, preserving and protecting Medford’s history as best we can.
Support Medford’s Demo Delay amendment! Join us at City Hall on Tuesday May 16 at 7 PM for the “third reading” of the new Demo Delay bylaws changes. Help us see it though and show City Council how important preservation is to Medford’s neighborhoods and residents.
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
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