Published: 23.05.2019 to 23:09:56
Happy Birthday, Margaret Fuller! Repost from MassMoments.org: On this day in 1810, Margaret Fuller was born in Cambridge. Teacher, author, critic, philosopher, journalist, she is remembered today as a woman with a formidable intellect and a willingness to take risks. One of the nation's first and most articulate feminists, she wrote Woman in the Nineteenth Century, published in 1845. This pathbreaking book argued that "every arbitrary barrier [should be] thrown down . . . every path laid open to Woman as freely as to Man." In 1848 Margaret Fuller traveled in Europe as a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune and became involved in the fight for a Roman republic. She sailed for home in 1850 with her Italian husband and their young son. All perished in a shipwreck off Long Island.
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Published: 22.05.2019 to 23:31:42
Published: 22.05.2019 to 16:04:39
Happy Preservation Month! As always, but especially this month, our aim is to promote historic places and demonstrate the benefits of historic preservation.
The building at 29 Elm Street has a storied past. First built as a livery stable in 1851, the property was used for this purpose until 1915 when an automobile garage was incorporated into the space. By 1873, there was also a stable on the site of the tenement at 292-298 Broadway, the building that still abutts 29 Elm. The site on Broadway had become a candy factory by 1883, and in 1886 was converted to a block of houses. After 1915, 29 Elm was used solely as a garage, then later became a warehouse for restaurant equipment in the 1950s, and was a manufactury for industrial trucks in the 1960s and 70s. By the 1990s, the site was used for illegal dumping, the exterior of the building had fallen into disrepair, and the entire building was in need of complete renovation.
In 1995, Cambridge Design and Development Inc. created plans to convert the space into residential units and by 1996 work was complete. Christopher Walter, Fuat Korrmaz, and David Aposhian accepted a Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission in 1998 for outstanding restoration and preservation on their projects at 29 Elm and 290-300 Broadway.
Images: Southeast corner of 29 Elm Street (4 April 1995); rear and front elevations from Proposed Renovations by Variance Elm Street Cambridge (Cambridge Design and Development); interior view of 29 Elm in March 1997; exterior view of 29 Elm in June 2018 (Google Street View)
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Published: 22.05.2019 to 05:42:37