Not much for current events, really. This site is off the radar. The building is probably most recognizable from 95 South, after passing the Branch Ave exit, and right after the Charles Street exit. The building is bordered by 95, 146, and the train tracks.
The building doesn’t look occupied or in use, but there is a fresh coat of paint on the loading bay garage door. I also see trucks out in front of it, but can’t tell if it is people who park for the new businesses across the street, an interior design furniture store and antique place.
Aside from its proximity to noisy train tracks and the highways, it would probably make great day-time office space, studio space, or even sound-insulated band space, as there aren’t too many neighbors to worry about.
The way that the south-side of the builing retians a brick wall, but 1/3 of the west and east faces are covered in corrugated steel make me think that the building had been chopped at some point... that someone took the arms off of what was once a “T”. The info from the ProvPlan (below), however, makes no mention of major structural changes.
From the ProvPlan/PPS survey (www.provplan.org/pps)
A four-story, rectangular, brick, five-by-fifteen-bay building with a flat roof and a raised basement. The building sits close to the street with railroad tracks to the rear. Several pedestrian entrances set within recessed, arched openings are located along the Ashburton Street elevation. A loading dock is offset on the west elevation of the building. A wood cornice is supported by wood brackets. Fenestration consists of single 8/16 sash windows set within segmental-arch openings. Windows in the exposed basement level have been boarded up. Iron fire escapes are centrally located on the building’s façade. A four-story, flat-roof addition sheathed in corrugated metal siding on its east elevation extends from the east elevation of the main block. A one-story, flat-roof ell projects from the southeast corner of the building.
The National Casket Building was constructed between 1908 and 1918 on the site of an earlier complex owned by Clark Manufacturing. The 1908 map shows several wood-frame structures set on this lot between Ashburton Street and the railroad tracks to the west. By 1918, the brick building had been constructed and several of the earlier wood-frame structures were still standing. The 1918 map identifies the complex as Clark Manufacturing Co. Clark Manufacturing Co. manufactured caskets and burial cases. Ownership of the property passed to National Casket Company, Inc., who used the building as a warehouse. The 1937 map identifies the structure as National Casket, a branch of Clark Manufacturing. In 1964, the property was acquired by Milton Stallman and served along with the neighboring complex at 286 Charles Street as a facility for Stallman Latex and Plastic Foams. Repairs were made to the building following a fire in 1993 (assessor’s card).
Chris Oct 18 2013 Thanks Sima and Hadi for wonderful prmgaros. It was good to see a real example a successful person with self-confidence who is not afraid of hardships and knows what she is aiming for and achieves it! Dear Alireza, and others, please send the link to this program instead of emailing the audio files. This way others get to know our podcast too. Thanks so much.
Robert Silver Oct 7 2010 I have a National casket company casket key in the box. Fun item.
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