New book Drinking Boston has lots of South End history


I finally picked up my copy of Union Park Press’ new book, Drinking Boston: A History Of The City And It’s Spirits at today’s Boston Bookfest in Copley Square. There is a ton of great South End history packed into veteran author Stephanie Schorow’s newest release. Now that our South End House Tour is over, I’m taking some time off and reading this gem is first on my list of to-dos.

Check out for more information about this book and their other releases.

Or do you have time today? Come to Copley Square and visit Union Park Press’ booth, located right next to Trinity Church, and pick up a copy of Drinking Boston.

Event Announcement: Making Older Homes Green, Historic Preservation Meets Energy Conservation

This event will provide guidelines and information about how older or historic houses can be turned green without losing their historic character. Some areas that will be covered are: how to add alternative energy systems, the value of retaining and upgrading wood windows, and ways to properly insulate an historic house.  This event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and is free and open to the public.  For more information about location and signing up, see our Neighborhood Events page here.

The Hite Radio and T.V. Sign Delivered

Debating the huge task ahead.

When the developers of the Hite Radio and T.V. property asked if they could donate the Hite sign to us, we said yes almost immediately. We didn’t want this South End icon lost to a scrap heap.

We had a problem though: the sign measures approximately 8 feet tall by 11 feet wide and weighs 600 pounds! Other than the building that we own and maintain, this is probably the largest and heaviest item in our care.

Where were we going to store it? And how were we going to get it onto our property?

Luckily for us, the sign was constructed with three vertical seams. The two (very patient and bemused) delivery men separated the pieces to make it easier to carry and deposited them in our back garden.  We attracted a small crowd during this hour and a half long process.

The sign will eventually be moved inside to our collections storage area. We’re hoping that perhaps a business or large residence might borrow the sign from us and use it as a type of art installation. It’s a really great piece of South End history.

The sign’s temporary resting spot.