Preservation and reclamation go hand in hand, so we’re very excited to be working on our latest project for the city of Boston: Dudley Square Vision, a restoration of the Ferdinand Building facade and numerous other buildings on this historic site.
Originally constructed in 1895 on a wedge shaped peice of land in the heart of Boston’s shopping district, this iconic building was home to the Ferdinand Blue Store. Scores of Bostonians shopped there for carpets, furniture, and housewares well into the 1970’s. The original facade shown here will be saved and incorporated into the new design. (Check outwww.dudleyvision.org for more information and a live video feed of the ongoing building demolition.)
We’re proud to be able to share in the legacy of these historic buildings by reclaiming their beautiful antique heart pine timbers, “dirty face” native New England Softwoods, and decorative columns. Since we’re a local business, based in Chelsea, this project is near and dear to us, and we look forward to retelling the story of the Ferdinand Building and Dudley Square to our customers who purchase this historic lumber. The original buildings may soon be gone, but their story will be retold for generations to come because of the wood we are saving.
Most of the material coming off this project is available in longer lengths, like our 4×13 heart pine joists available in legths of 20-27 feet (bottom right)! Shown below are some of the gorgeous 6×12 timbers being saved by the Jarmak Corporation from Dudley Square, as well as the original decorative columns (right).