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Rear structure at controversial Grampian Way home demolished

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 30, 2013 03:57 PM

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What was left of the rear structure after it was demolished.


Demolition crews made quick work of a smaller separate structure behind the main house at 24 Grampian Way, a Savin Hill property that has been under the spotlight because of its decrepit appearance and historic past.

The main building, which has been the focus of preservation efforts, has not been touched and will remain untouched until a series of hearings are held before the Boston Landmarks Commission to determine its historic nature and if it warrants preservation.

The property at 24 Grampian Way, dubbed the Kehew-Wright House, is owned by the Tomasini family and was constructed in 1871. In addition to the main single-family house, the three-quarter of an acre property also included a deteriorating stable, which was demolished Monday.

The family had all the correct permits to demolish the stable, according to the city’s Inspectional Services Department.

A permit was issued September 25 to raze the rear structure because it was deemed “unsafe and dangerous” after a city inspection, according to a permit provided by ISD.

The family, however, does not have the proper permits to raze the main house, which some in the community have said has historical value.

At a hearing before the Landmarks Commission in August, supporters of making the property a landmark highlighted its ties to William P. Hunt, John Kehew, and George Wright.

At a separate meeting in September as part of the Article 85 Demolition Delay process, members of the Tomasini family rebuked many of the claims made in a Landmarks Commission report about the house’s historical nature and explained that preserving the house was not financially viable for the family.

Dates for hearings on the landmarking process and the separate Article 85 process have not been set, according to the Landmarks Commission.

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