The Architectural Heritage Foundation took another step forward in its effort to revitalize the Speedway by hosting a bidders walk-through of the complex. On February 26, representatives from three local construction contractors took a closer look at the site in order to determine the best possible construction costs for the upcoming rehabilitation work. They visited a day after a local Student Conservation Association crew performed a winter clean-up at the Speedway - just in time! We hope to have more news on the outcome of the bidding process soon.
On February 25, at the request of the Mass DCR and the Architectural Heritage Foundation, thirteen members of the Hingham-based Student Conservation Association Historic Preservation crew arrived at the Speedway for a winter clean-up. The 2019 cohort is less than a month into their AmeriCorps-sponsored service; thus, the Speedway was one of their first preservation projects. Battling wind speeds of 25-30 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, they cleared piles of dead leaves from the courtyard, ash and charred wood from the site's burned section, and several decades-worth of unused objects from the buildings. By noon, they had filled a 30-yard dumpster with debris: broken window frames, rickety office furniture, moldy stuffed animals, even an unusable boat. The interns, whose interests range from ecology to ancient Roman archaeology, were intrigued by the site's conservation history and enjoyed exploring the old MDC police station. As they surveyed the complex, with its boarded windows and weathered shingles, one crew member expressed what AHF and the Brighton community have long felt: "I can't wait to see what this place becomes."
For photos of the Speedway clean-up, visit the Events page.
The Architectural Heritage Foundation is delighted to welcome back the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to the Speedway Headquarters for another day of pre-restoration site work. Last November, the Hingham-based SCA Historic Preservation crew cleared several tons of vegetation and debris from the historic complex in anticipation of this year's upcoming construction start date. The 2018 crew did such a great job, that AHF and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (the state agency in charge of the site) invited the new 2019 cohort to finish the work. On February 25, thirteen young women and men will remove several decades-worth of unused objects from the Speedway's interiors. Their help will ensure a smooth transition to the rehabilitation work slated to begin in the spring or summer.
Thank you, SCA! We look forward to working with you again!
Last Friday, November 9, the Hingham Student Conservation Association Historical Preservation crew spent the day volunteering at the Speedway Headquarters. Ten young men and women braved blustery weather and mid-autumn chill as they removed vegetation, fallen leaves, and clutter from the complex, filling two 30-yard dumpsters. The work was scheduled in response to concerns expressed by community members at the September public information session that the site was beginning to look untidy, particularly along Western Ave. Thanks to the SCA crew and DCR staff, the Speedway has been spruced up and is ready for construction to begin next spring!
Below are a series of before-and-after photos of the site:
AHF is trilled to announce that in two weeks we will host a Student Conservation Association crew at the Speedway. Affiliated with AmeriCorps, the SCA aims "to build the next generation of conservation leaders" by providing opportunities for teens and young adults to work on public lands. On November 9, eleven members of the Hingham SCA Historic Preservation crew will remove encroaching vegetation from the Speedway property in preparation for the Spring 2019 construction start date.
A big thank-you to the SCA crew members for their eagerness to serve, and to DCR for reaching out to them! We look forward to working with you!
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Architectural Heritage Foundation invite members of the Brighton and Allston communities to the Charles River Speedway Headquarters building on the morning of Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 AM to noon.
The purpose of this gathering is to start a dialogue between project developers and community members about the future potential of the Speedway site. Come join in a discussion of the long-term vision for the rehabilitation and reuse of this historic Boston landmark!
Click here for more information.