Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ginsburg working with Historical Society and Historical Commission.
Tewksbury developer Marc Ginsburg says he is taking measures to make sure as many historic elements of the Ames Castle are being preserved, even as the building is being demolished. "We removed numerous (historic) pieces, like the big mirror and the railings," said Ginsburg. "And we're going through the (ruble) to find original stones." Ginsburg said he had explored all possible options and described the final decision to demolish the castle as "heartbreaking." The home was built around 1900 by Gen. Adelbert Ames, a Civil War hero and former governor of Mississippi. He and his family originally owned 700 acres on and around Catamount Road. Ginsburg purchased the property from John Sullivan on Nov. 2 for $360,000. Sullivan had been using …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Historical Commission declares home to be 'preferably preserved.'
Ames Castle will not be demolished to make room for a small subdivision ... at least not for now. At it's meeting Monday night, the Historical Commission voted unanimously to declare the property "preferably preserved," according to an article in the Lowell Sun. This allowed the commission to impose a nine-month delay on any demolition, while other options are explored. John Sullivan, who owns the property at 108 Catamount Road, has been embroiled in a dispute with town officials over his use of the property for apartments for the past two decades. Sullivan recently settled a longstanding court case with the town and has since submitted an application for demolition. According to Atty. Gary Brackett, Sullivan's lawyer, turning the property…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Historical Commission to hold public hearing regarding owner's request to raze historic building.
In the latest chapter of a seemingly endless saga regarding the current and future use of the Ames Castle property at 108 Catamount Road, owner John Sullivan has proposed razing the historic home and constructing three, single-family homes. Sullivan filed for permit to take down the home but has several hoops to jump through before that can happen. The biggest obstacle comes in the form of the Historic Commission, which will hold a public hearing on March 19 regarding the request. Abutters will be invited to the hearing but the public is allowed to attend and have their opinions heard, as well. According to commission chairman Jay Gaffney, a vote will likely be taken that night to implement a nine-month hold on the razing. The delay would …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Bits of knowledge to help make you the smartest person at summer camp.
Here are five pieces of information to help make you the smartest person on your whale watch. 1. Today's Weather Forecast: According to the NWS, today will be sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind between 7 and 11 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 62. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 2. By The Numbers: 345. According to statistics provided by the Tewksbury Fire Department, the TFD responded to 345 false alarms in 2010. 3. Quote of the Day: "We were in the house for 45 minutes and I did not take a single step when I wasn't worried that I would fall through the floor. The structure of the building is just not there." Historical Commission member Keith Rauseo, speaking of the condition of the Pillsbury House on …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Tewksbury Historical Commission extends Demolition Delay for Deacon Pillsbury House for one more month.
Wanted -- A new home for a historic, old, dilapitated, formerly haunted house. Price: Free. Terms of Sale: Cash and carry. The Tewksbury Historical Commission voted Monday night to extend the Demolition Delay order for the historic Deacon Pillsbury House on Livingston Street for just a few more weeks, informing Town Manager Richard Montuori that if they cannot find a new home for the old house by Sept. 1, the commissioners will no longer stand in the way of the town's plans to tear down the nearly 200-year-old structure. The Deacon Pillsbury House, which sits directly across Livingston Street from the town's recreation center, is best known for serving as the site of former Recreation Director Roy Patterson's "Livingston Street Terror" …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Beverly Bennett honored with citation for years of service to the town.
Historical Commission Chairman James Gaffney told the Board of Selectmen that a survey of the town's historical assets, in the works for two years, has been completed. At their meeting Tuesday, selectmen were walked through a slide presentation of the survey process, which cost $24,500 and was paid for with Community Preservation funds. In addition, it was announced that longtime Historical Commission member Beverly Bennett would be stepping down. She was honored with a citation from the Board of Selectmen for her many years of service to the community. In other business: