Historically Significant: 23 Bowers St

At the Historical Commission’s April public meeting, the carriage house at 23 Bowers St was found to be historically significant. At our May public meeting we will determine whether or not this building is also preferably preserved.

If a building is found preferably preserved, an 18 month delay of demolition will take place, to give the owner time to consider renovation, reuse, relocation and other alternatives to demolition. Meeting will be Monday, May 13 at 7 PM in Room 201 of City Hall.

At the April meeting, the application for demolition of the house and garage at 45-47 Mystic Ave was approved, as these were NOT found to be historically significant.

Demo Application: 45-47 Mystic Ave

[At the April 2019 meeting of the Medford HC, this property was found to be NOT historically significant, and the demo permit was granted.]

The Medford Historical Commission has received an application to demolish the *house and* carriage house at 45-47 Mystic Ave. A Massachusetts Historical Commission Form B was recently prepared to detail the history of the property, including the carriage house building.

For a peek at the life of “Honest” James Golden, a famous horse trainer at the Mystic Trotting Park and beyond, check out the Form B.

Trotting

Image of the 1872 race of Lucy and Goldsmith Maid,  from the Library of Congress

The Commission will post additional information to this page as review of this demolition proceeds.

MysticAve_45-47 MassHC Form B

[Updated April 11 – At our April meeting, the application for demolition of the house and garage at 45-47 Mystic Ave was approved, as these were NOT found to be historically significant.]

March Applications

In addition to the determinations discussed in the post below, the Medford Historical Commission also received applications for demolition permits from two properties. Both are older than 75 years old –  the house and carriage house at 45-47 Mystic Ave and the carriage house at 23 Bowers St  – and we have ordered research on both of them.

We will determine whether or not they are historically significant at the April 8 meeting.

The March meeting was also the first meeting for our newest commissioner, Peter Miller.