With a sale of the historic Filene’s building at Downtown Crossing in the works, redevelopment of the block will be complicated by its probable designation as a Boston landmark.
In light of the planned closing of Filene’s department store, a 1986 petition to the Boston Landmarks Commission to declare the entire block between Summer and Franklin streets as a protected area has been dusted off and is on a fast track, the commission’s executive director, Ellen J. Lipsey, said yesterday.
”We tend to do things when there’s some urgency,” Lipsey said. A historical analysis of the four buildings on the Filene’s block, a public hearing on recommended protections, and formal designation as a Boston landmark could come in early spring.
In fact, the building itself is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Eighty buildings in Boston are designated as landmarks (by the Boston Landmarks Commission).
In addition, certain districts, such as Beacon Hill, are considered landmarks. Collectively, those eight historic districts contain about 7,700 buildings.
The Legislature created the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1975, after an outcry raised when a Victorian building housing the Jordan Marsh department store, a Filene’s rival, was torn down. A modern building on the site houses Macy’s.
Complete articles: Changes to Filene’s will face hurdle: City likely to confer landmark protection on the entire block – by Thomas C. Palmer Jr., The Boston Globe
Landmark status vote could scare off developers – by Scott Van Voorhis, The Boston Herald