The Medford Historical Commission will hold a Public Hearing in Room 201 at Medford City Hall at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 11, 2016, in accordance with Section 48-78(e) of the City’s Revised Ordinances. The following items are on the agenda:
65 Summer Street – Demolition Request
- 7:00 PM – Purpose of the meeting and brief review of location in process
- 7:05 PM – Reiteration of determination of significance by the Historical Commission
- 7:10 PM – Definition of a preferably preserved building
– 7:15-7:25 PM – Commission Comments
– 7:25-7:35 PM – Public Comments
– 7:35-7:45 PM – Final Commission Comments
- 7:45 PM – Commission Motions
- 8:00 PM – Conclusion and next steps.
*Please note that the times provided here are done so as guidelines. Every party present will be offered an opportunity to speak. The Commission reserves the right to limit the amount of time each speaker is allotted to keep the process moving forward.
The Commission will continue with their Public Meeting in Room 201 at Medford City Hall at 8:00 PM on Monday, April 11, 2016. The following items are on the agenda:
- Demolition Delay – Discussion (15 minutes)
- 21 Turo Avenue – update (10 min)
- East Medford Survey – update (2 min)
- 2016 MassHC Survey & Planning Grant – update (2 min)
- FY 2016 budget – update (2 min)
- Archives – work day update (2 min)
Ryan D. Hayward
Notice of Public Hearing
Monday, April 11, 2016
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 a Building has been submitted to the Medford Historical Commission for the house located at 65 Summer Street, 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 April 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Room 201, Medford City Hall to determine if the demolition of the building at 65 Summer Street would be detrimental to the historical, cultural, or architectural heritage or resources of the City of Medford.
65 Summer Street, Determination of Significance
March 14, 2016
Edward P. Finn, City Clerk
Medford City Hall
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155
Re: 65 Summer Street, Determination of Significance
The Medford Historical Commission has received an application to demolish a building at 65 Summer Street. The application was filed at our meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016. In accordance with City Regulations set forth in Section 48-78(d), a public meeting was held on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Room 201 of Medford City Hall to determine if the aforementioned property is significant.
Per Section 48-78, a significant building means that any building, or a portion thereof, which is not within a local historic district subject to regulation under the provisions of MGLA c. 40C, but which:
1. Has been listed in or is the subject of a pending application for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; or
2. Has been listed in the Massachusetts Register of Historic Places; or
3. Was built before 1900 and which is determined by the commission to be a significant building as provided by subsection 48-78(d) either because:
a. It is importantly associated with one or more historic persons or events, or with the broad architectural, cultural, political, economic, or social history of the city or the commonwealth; or
b. It is historically or architecturally important in terms of period, style, method of building construction, or association with an important architect or builder, either by itself or in the context of a group of buildings.
Commissioners voted 5-0 that the building is significant by definition based on the documentation and research contained within the Massachusetts Historical Commission Form B prepared by John Clemson, the consultant and architectural historian contracted to the local commission, and attached to this letter. The Commissioners have made the determination based on the following:
1. The building was erected between 1868 and 1870. Neil Larson, in the City of Medford Community Wide Survey Plan, indicates that resources constructed before 1875 are an uncommon and diminishing resource in the city. As a result, the Commission views attention to these types of resources as high priority.
2. The building possesses significant architectural merit. Original details coexist with later alterations that do not obscure the building’s original design intent and style. As a result, the building maintains a high degree of integrity.
3. This building contributes to the Summer Street streetscape. It is one of three French Second Empire dwellings grouped together that are of similar design. As a whole, the neighborhood was developed with a mixed group of styles consistent with the era of construction.
4. The building’s lot and scale are indicative of traditional early middle class suburban developments. These landscapes are often obscured by later development. In this instance, however, the design intent is still readily visible and unhindered by later obtrusions.
5. The building reflects the broader social history of this neighborhood and the city at large. The house was originally constructed for Medford resident William A. Webber, a music teacher and organ tuner. The family occupied the building for more than fifteen years before selling it. Subsequent Medford families included Frederick Door, a merchant tailor, and Matthew L. McCarthy, a teamster.
6. Finally, the building is listed as a non-contributing property within the Middlesex Canal Historic and Archeological National Register District. The Canal was a 27-mile transportation corridor that operated from 1808 through 1852. When the canal organization ceased operations, landholdings in Medford were sold and subsequently developed, with numerous buildings constructed within the original canal footprint The entire length of the canal was nominated to and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The building at 65 Summer Street and its associated lot are within the boundary of this district, and are included in the Massachusetts Cultural Resources Inventory System (MACRIS) as MDF.552.
In accordance with Regulations set forth in Section 48-78 (e) the Historic Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Room 201 Medford City Hall to hear public commentary and to determine if demolition of the building will be detrimental to the historical, cultural, or architectural heritage or resources of the city.
Within 21 days from the close of said meeting, we will issue our formal written determination.
If you have any questions in regards to this determination, please do not hesitate to contact me at once.
Ryan D. Hayward
Chairman of the Medford Historic Commission
Copy to: Applicant of Record
Building Commissioner, Building Department