Should Grampian Way home be a landmark? Panel takes comments

Reporter Staff
Aug. 14, 2013

The Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday night took testimony from proponents and opponents of granting landmark status to a dilapidated Grampian Way home with a bit of history. The hearing took place at City Hall.

Earl Taylor, the president of the Dorchester Historical Society, is backing the proposal for 24 Grampian Way. “I believe it fits the criteria for landmark status,” he said, citing its association with a famous person, George Wright, a baseball celebrity and sporting goods businessman who has had a municipal golf course in Hyde Park named after him. The house also has associations with the 19th century oil merchant John Kehew and the industrialist William Prescott Hunt.

The home is currently owned by the Tomasini family and is unoccupied.

District 3 Councillor Frank Baker, who lives in Savin Hill, is opposing the landmark designation, saying it would be a hardship on attempts to redevelop the property, which is widely viewed as an eyesore in the neighborhood. Baker did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday morning.

Any changes to the property would have to be reviewed by the commission if it grants landmark status to the home, according to Taylor who noted that written comments can be submitted until the end of August.