Dorchester Historical Society

Tonight: Party helps bring new life to old Dot barn

Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2010

The Clapp family barn. Peggy Mullen photoThe Clapp family barn. Peggy Mullen photo

Editor's Note: The Dorchester Historical Society invites you to invest in the future of Dorchester by supporting its past tonight by attending the “Save Our Barn” Gala, 6 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more info, go to
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Historical society names top ten endangered, takes new approach in compiling annual list

Instead of highlighting the plights of 10 doomed historic buildings this year, the Dorchester Historical Society is taking a new tack, naming 10 endangered districts in the neighborhood instead. The move is a practical one, said Rosanne Foley.

“We’re trying to figure out why this hasn’t been a call to action like it’s supposed to be,” she said.

In many ways, she said it was a way to diffuse the adversarial relationship the list has created between the society and area real estate agents.  Read more

Help protect historic sites

The Dorchester Historical Society’s Architectural Preservation Committee is preparing its annual list of the neighborhood’s top ten 10 “most endangered” properties and is seeking the public’s input. As Earl Taylor, the president of the Society noted this week, the DHS has been “in the business of preservation since 1895, when it saved the Blake House (1661) the oldest house in Boston from demolition.”  Read more