July New Business

The Historical Commission received applications for demolition permits on houses at 137 Damon Road and 77 Cotting Street.

At the August meeting, the commission will determine the historical significance of these houses and, if the houses are found historically significant, there will then be a public meeting in September where a demolition delay may be imposed. At this public meeting, neighbors will get the chance to meet with the owner and discuss their concerns about the property.

The Historical Commission also received an application for demolition for the commercial buildings at 368, 370, 372 and 374 Main Street. That building is home to Bocelli’s restaurant, previously DePascuale Bros., and supposedly the first restaurant in the region, outside of Boston’s North End, to serve pizza!  The building now also houses the Backstreet Salon and Jason Anthony Formal Wear.

The process is the same for commercial buildings.

 

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June New Business

Although no new applications for demolition were accepted at the June meeting of the Medford Historical Commission, we anticipate demolition applications for properties in the Hillside neighborhood in the near future.

Hyper-local Histories at the MPL

This summer, our local historian, Dee Morris will offer a walking tour to introduce you to Medford’s famous Hallowell family; brothers Norwood and Edward Hallowell were Civil War officers and their families enjoyed the good life, 19th century style, on lower Mystic Street. The first of these walking tours is Saturday, June 16, at 10 AM. More info here.

And, if you’d like to learn how to research your own family history, the Medford Public Library is hosting a weekly series of workshops, starting this Thursday, June 7, at 7 PM. More details via the library’s Events page, or on this flyer.

Meet Your Commissioners-Ryan D. Hayward

Introducing the current Chair of the Medford Historical Commission, our patient and thoughtful leader, Ryan D. Hayward –

I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in the fields of history and architecture. I was introduced to the topics in the fifth grade while attending Medford Public Schools. I later pursued these academically, graduating from the Boston Architectural College with a degree in Historic Preservation. My professional career began at the Medford Historical Society, Brooks Estate and Royall House and I joined the Commission in 2007 in order to give back to our community. When not preserving our local heritage, I’m out collaborating with homeowners as a self-employed preservation and design consultant. I’ve had he opportunity to work on buildings old and new. It’s rewarding seeing the joy of owners at the end of their renovations. I myself am restoring an 1895 Queen Anne Victorian which has been in our family for 70 years. As I have lived and worked in Medford all my life and know about the past, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our community. Working with the Commission, we will ensure preservation is part of the ongoing change happening every day.

Photo courtesy of the owner.

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Hayward House c. 1947

What is Design Review anyway?

Many nearby communities use design review to help their neighborhoods benefit from new development (and Medford’s getting plenty of that). If you want to learn more about how to embrace change AND enhance neighborhood character, you are invited to Historic New England’s next workshop. The June workshop, part of a series of “Preservation Strategies that Work,” will focus on Design Review Concepts, Cases and Issues. At the Barnstable Town Hall, June 1.

Your Medford Historical Commission plans to send a member, and if you’d like to join us, drop us a line and tell us why!! Guest will be selected at random.

More details here, but you have to scroll through. 

Demolition Notice: 58 Logan Avenue

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Notice of Public Hearing

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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 has been submitted to the Medford Historical Commission for the house located at 58 Logan Avenue, Medford, MA.  The Medford Historical Commission has determined that the building meets the criteria of a significant building as defined in Section 48-77 of the Medford City Ordinance.  In accordance with Section 48-78 of the Medford City Ordinance, the Medford Historical Commission is holding a public hearing on May 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Room 201, Medford City Hall to determine if the demolition of the house at 58 Logan Avenue would be detrimental to the historical, cultural, or architectural heritage or resources of the City of Medford.

Please click the links below to find the MHC form B for the property along with a brief history of East Medford.

58 Logan Avenue MHC Form B
History of East Medford by John Clemson
Logan Park_MHC Form H

You can also find more information on our Survey Plan page for East Medford by clicking the following link: Survey Plan Page

Fells & Mystic Surveys

Ah, signs of spring! Crocuses! Bird song! User surveys about our favorite natural and historical landscapes! In the first, the Friends of the Fells partnered with the Tufts Environmental Studies Program to learn more about how we use the Middlesex Fells today – Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation Survey. 

View_of_the_bridge_over_mystic_riverIn the second, another collaboration with Tufts, the Mystic River Watershed Association wants to know not just how we enjoy the nearby Mystic Greenways, but also how we get there. There’s even an interactive map where we can add the trafficky trouble spots in the area – Mystic River Greenways Survey

Image of the Mystic River c. 1790 via the Library of Congress. 

Meet Your Commissioners-Richard Northrup

Next, Richard Northrup!

My wife and I became Medford residents when we bought our first home in 2011. In 2016 we welcomed our son. We have grown to love Medford and spend a lot of our time getting to know our adopted City.  Outside of my work on the Historical Commission we also enjoy exploring the Middlesex Fells with our son and exploring Medford homes as part of the annual Jingle Bell Festival.

View from Bear Hill, in the Middlesex Fells, c.1895-6, taken by Boston commercial and naval photographer Nathaniel Stebbins. Image via Friends of the Fells.

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Meet Your Commissioners-Edward Wiest

Our newest member, Edward Wiest, shares this about his love for Medford, its architecture and its history:

Our family blundered into becoming temporary custodians of Medford’s Edward Oakes House – earliest elements erected c. 1729, moved to current site 1977 – more than 30 years ago.  We’re still there. I am on on the Commission now to continue paying forward the work of Joseph Valeriani, Greg and Maia Henderson, John Hand, Fred Knox and many others who preserved the home in which we have lived so long, and the history of Medford as a whole.

The Oakes House, in what the commisson’s neighborhood surveyors now call “Medford Square South,” with its distinctive roof line – which could be described as both gambrel and saltbox. Photo from MACRIS.

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