May 13, 2016
The Medford Historical Commission will hold a Public Hearing in Room 201 at Medford City Hall at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2016, in accordance with Section 48-78(e) of the City’s Revised Ordinances. The following items are on the agenda:
107 Jerome 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, June 13, 2016. The following items are on the agenda:
– Site Plan Review – 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, June 13, 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 107 Jerome 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 June 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Room 201, Medford City Hall to determine if the demolition of the building at 107 Jerome Street would be detrimental to the historical, cultural, or architectural heritage or resources of the City of Medford.
May 13, 2016
Edward P. Finn, City Clerk
Medford City Hall
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155
Re: 107 Jerome Street, Determination of Significance
The Medford Historical Commission has received an application to demolish a building at 107 Jerome Street. The application was filed at our meeting on Monday, April 11, 2016. In accordance with City Regulations set forth in Section 48-78(d), a public meeting was held on Monday, May 9, 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 6-0 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 is located within the Smith Estate subdivision. A major portion of West Medford, the Smith Estate was unsuccessfully developed until the 1870s when earlier plans were scaled back. Houses and lots of more modest nature attracted the attention of working class commuters. The whole development south of High Street was purchased in May, 1870 by Dr. Alexander B. Story of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Samuel S. Holton and Jerome S. Judkins of Winchester.
2. The three developers hired Holton’s son in law, Moses Whicher Mann as the development’s superintendent. Mann was a carpenter whom learned the trade from his father. He reputedly built the first house, and many others, in the development. He and Samuel Holton would establish residences here.
3. The building possesses significant architectural merit. It was constructed circa 1880 in the Queen Anne style. 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.
4. The building’s scale and lot contribute to the larger streetscape. Located on a corner parcel on Jerome and Harvard Avenue, this building was an ambitious display style. Fitting for a highly visible location, it provides an anchor lead into the more restrained buildings along side streets. The scaling back of lot and building sizes on the adjacent parcels led to successful development. The entire neighborhood was mostly built out by 1900.
5. The building reflects the broader social history of this neighborhood and the City at large. The house was originally constructed by, and for, Moses Mann. The family occupied the structure before selling it. He would later maintain his office here for a time. Mann was a founding member of the Medford Historical Society and built its 10 Governors Avenue headquarters in 1916.
6. Finally, the building also contributes to the African American context. It was inventoried in June, 2012, by Kathryn Grover and Neil Larson for its association with the Gaskins family. Nelson Grantley Gaskins and his decedents occupied the property for over fifty years. They were one of twenty eight different families whom initially moved to the area by the last decade of the nineteenth century.
In accordance with Regulations set forth in Section 48-78 (e) the Historic Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 13, 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