For over 50 years, the South End Historical Society has worked to promote the rich history of the South End and to preserve its architectural integrity through advocacy, education and documentation. SEHS also encourages research, conservation, and education to promote interest in our historic neighborhood. The South End Historical Society is one of the primary contributors to the preservation of the South End’s architectural fabric. Please donate below to help us preserve this beautiful landmark district and to promote its history.

Our Annual Appeal

Thank you for your generosity over the years as we have worked to restore our building. We hope you have had a chance to see the work that your donations have allowed us to do. Over the last few years you have helped us to restore our front stoop and newel posts, repair and restore the oriel over the front door, repair our roof, and replace the boiler and hot water heater. These were major steps in the process of restoring our historic home to its former glory, but there is still work to be done!

Over the last year we have been working with Judith Selwyn, a prominent preservation consultant, to get a better understanding of what our building needs and its associated costs. We focused on the repair and replacement of three areas of the building – the windows, the elaborate brownstone trim, and the cast iron elements on the front façade. At the end of this evaluation we learned that to bring those elements back to their historic appearance would cost more than $350,000.

To help pay for this work we submitted an application to the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee requesting funding for the entire project. The Community Preservation Program, which is funded by a dedicated surcharge on the City’s property taxes and supplemental State funding,  supports open space, affordable housing, and historic preservation projects. In the current round of applications they received requests for more money than was available and tried to fund as many projects as they could. 

We are pleased to announce that based on the recommendation of the Community Preservation Committee, Mayor Marty Walsh has announced the award of a $100,000 grant to the Society to begin the work on our building.

As we undertake this project to restore and preserve our headquarters, we hope to set an example for the standards of restoration that we feel should be maintained throughout the historic district; however, we cannot do this without your support.

We hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help us raise the more than $250,000 needed to restore the façade.

Donate today by clicking the link below!

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