Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1854 Industrial School for Girls

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1854


The building at 232 Centre Street was built for the Industrial School for Girls in 1858.  The building appears to be the only remaining existing building in Massachusetts from the 19th century movement of private industrial schools for either boys or girls.  It certainly is the only remaining existing building in the state specifically built for the mission of an industrial school.  Although the building has been vacant for some years, it was used most recently as a facility of the Home for Little Wanderers.

On Tuesday the Boston Landmarks Commission will consider a recommendation to raise the level of significance of the building on the Commission’s scale of significance that follows the National Register ratings.  If they do vote to approve the  upgrade, it means that a Landmarks petition for the property could be accepted at some future date.


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