Dorchester’s neighbors, led by Boston Landmark Commission commissioner John Amodeo, have banded together to submit the house to historic monument status, according to an article in the Dorchester Reporter.
In a preliminary hearing on Oct. 12, the commission gave the green light to the petition, moving it to the study report phase, which details the building’s historical or architectural significance, according to the BLC’s website.
“It’s an interesting building that should be designated,” said Earl Taylor, president of the Dorchester Historical Society and advocate for monument status to The Dorchester Reporter. “In the recent past, connecting with a boy group is definitely an association worth celebrating.”
The three-story royal estate has long been a mecca for NKOTB superfans. Hordes of them flocked to the residence at the group’s heyday in the late ’80s and’ 90s, even after the band members had left.
“People were camping out there all the time and coming by the gate,” said Sharon Knight, a sister of the Musical Brothers, in a 2008 Globe article. “We had to put up a big wrought iron fence. “
The home, a nine-bedroom, five-bathroom rectory near Dorchester Center, sits on 35,000 square foot grassy land. According to Michael Dorion’s real estate listing of The Residential Group at William Raveis Real Estate, the pad has a carriage entrance, 10 parking spaces and a storage shed in the back, which featured in the NKOTB music video ” Games “.
The shed, however, is “in need of major repairs” and a frozen pipe last year caused damage to the interior of the house, where some rooms “were gutted to the posts,” according to the listing.
After the house was sold to the Salvation Army, it became The Jubilee House and was used for church and community services, according to the estate listing. In September 2020, the organization announced that Jubilee House would merge with Boston’s Kroc Center in Uphams Corner, and therefore move out of the boy’s group’s former home.
In addition to its recent, star-studded history, the historic petition highlighted several architectural features of the house as reasons to preserve it, such as its ‘Queen Anne / Asymmetric Stick Style’ construction, the intersecting gable roof, and the Palladian window.
Its historical context is also important – the petition stated that the house was originally owned by John Worcester Field, a leather merchant, and that it was designed by architect George Meacham, who also designed the Boston Public Garden. .
Andrew Saxe, another petitioner, told The Dorchester Reporter that he was concerned that the building, unless preserved, could be demolished by the developers.
“If Boston can’t keep 10 Melvilles, then just throw in the towel,” he said. “Does he have an important architect? It was created by the same architect as the Jardin Public. Is this important from an architectural point of view? His twin house in Newton is an iconic house that is protected. Is he associated with someone famous? Well, Mr. Fields was a successful trader. However, a century later, these children came out of there and were a national phenomenon. He ticks every box, for God’s sake.
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