Historic Breweries of Mission Hill, Roxbury
The 1886 Eblana-Alley Brewery, the 1892-1913Highland Spring Brewery, and the 1876-1886Vienna Brewery are located along the former Stony Brook corridor in Roxbury’s Mission Hillneighborhood. At the height of the local brew-ing industry in the late 19th century, the StonyBrook corridor was a regional center of indus-trial production. The remnants of the three brew-eries, as well as four additional brewery complexes in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, wererecommended as a potential thematic National Register Historic District by the BostonLandmarks Commission (BLC) in 1985. In 1988 the BLC issued an official eligibilityopinion finding the Vienna Brewery eligible for the National Register and also designatedthe complex a Boston Landmark.The three breweries face similar threats, including neglect, inappropriate rehabilitation,and pending sales without preservation restrictions or clear plans for redevelopment.Whilethere is no immediate threat of demolition for any of the structures, all are in a similarlytenuous position by reason of being largely vacant or for sale. The plight of the breweriesdrew the attention of the Friends of Historic Mission Hill, a neighborhood preservationadvocacy group, who submitted the property nomination.
P h o t o : E l a i n e S t i l e s
After decades of neglect, the Granite Landings are collapsing into the river. Environ-mental conditions, especially freeze and thaw cycles, mortar loss, inappropriate re- pairs, organic growth and extensive use, have all contributed to the damage. A 1999Metropolitan District Commission assessment report identified urgent repairsneededwithin one to two years. Since that study was issued, nothing has been done tostabilize or repair the structures and additional damage has occurred. There is strongand widespread support for preserving the Granite Landings from preservation andconservation groups across the Commonwealth.Built in the 1930s, Commissioners, DartmouthStreet and Gloucester Street Granite Landingsare architectural anchors of this National Reg-ister-listed riverside park. Boston landscape ar-chitect ArthurShurcliff, best known for his work at Colonial Williamsburg, designed the Gran-ite Landings as part of the 1930s widening of the Charles River Esplanade. The Granite Land-ings serve as overlooks, formal landings for small boats, and popular gathering spots for park visitors.
Photo: The Esplanade Association
Historic Granite Landings,Charles River Esplanade, Boston