While I was riding my bike around Beacon Hill, in an attempt to lose weight, I was admiring the outside of these historic Beacon Hill buildings.
While I was wondering if I was going to make it to the top f the hill, I overheard some tourists saying how “beautiful they must look inside.” I chuckled to myself knowing the inside of this particular building on Mt. Vernon Street was chopped up into small apartments in the 1980s.
There must have been a lot of condo conversions in the 80s. The original woodwork was replaced with blond oak or carpeted. The “old world” charm can not be found on the inside. In fact, sometimes there isn’t anything charming about the interior.
There are a few great old buildings that are disappointing on the inside because they were chopped up and made into small apartments that don’t make sense. Who wants a north facing condo with one window? The original flooring is gone and brick walls are covered with drywall.
Historic preservation districts have rules about how the outside of a building has to look but no rules about the inside.