The Dorchester Historical Societyâ€™s Architectural Preservation Committee is preparing its annual list of the neighborhoodâ€™s top ten 10 â€œmost endangeredâ€ properties and is seeking the publicâ€™s input. As Earl Taylor, the president of the Society noted this week, the DHS has been â€œin the business of preservation since 1895, when it saved the Blake House (1661) the oldest house in Boston from demolition.â€
In 2004, the Society launched its top ten list as a way to build awareness about the present-day dangers to Dorchesterâ€™s treasures. It will be unveiled at the Societyâ€™s annual meeting on May 17 and just in time for National Preservation Month. Taylor says the group had planned to discontinue the list after last year, but has opted to revive it due to popular demand.
â€œThe committee will make the final decision of the choice of properties at its own discretion after weighing several factors to determine whether a property is listed â€“ urgency due to immediate threat, historic significance, and potential for positive outcome,â€ Taylor says.
Previous lists can be found at dorchesteratheneum.org. Nominations are due by Friday, May 8. To submit a nomination and/or get involved in the DHS Architectural Preservation Committee, e-mail DorchesterEnviro@gmail.com or call 617-474-1478.