Preservation Challenges on Peddocks Island

At the 210-acre Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor Island State Park, two different visions prevail over preserving -- or destroying -- the 26 historic buildings on the island.

The Boston Harbor Island Alliance, a public-private partnership in charge of programming on the islands, thinks the buildings are too far gone to save. The Massachusetts Historical Commission thinks otherwise, and is arguing for preserving the 19th century fortifications.

Tom Stoelker writes:

"Last year, when the DCR and the Island Alliance started looking at bulldozing 14 structures, a letter from the Historical Commission to the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs wrote of being "chagrined" that such an "expeditious resolution" was being sought. This past September an agreement signed between the Commission and the DCR limited the demolition to only 11 buildings, excluding the clapboard church. Preservationists are only partly satisfied."

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