Special to The Advocate
Mayor Gary Christenson and members of the Malden Historical Commission joined owners and developers John Brennan and Greg Corcoran to celebrate acceptance of the Browne-Masonic Building for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The classical revival/neoclassical revival building, which was constructed in 1894, was designed by Boston architectural firm Hartwell and Richardson, and it is architecturally significant for its preserved yellow and red brick facades, cast iron storefronts and ornamental masonry. Located in the heart of downtown at the corner of Pleasant, Washington and Exchange Streets, this landmark building is recognized for its historical significance to Malden’s commerce, social history and government.
Later that same day, the Mayor joined City Council President Craig Spadafora, Ward 3 Councillor Amanda Linehan, Malden Historical Commission Chair John Tramondozzi and Historical Commission Vice Chair Joseph Cesario Jr. and Member Inna Babitskaya along with project consultant David Hancock and Community Preservation Committee Chair Lisa Sulda to celebrate completion of the restoration of the Wallace Memorial Park Wall, a historic preservation project funded by the Community Preservation Act. Located at the main entry to the Edgeworth and West End neighborhoods, the wall is a highly visible artifact with historic and architectural significance to the community. The wall surrounds the Wallace Memorial Park, which is part of the former landmark Beebe Estate. The park has longstanding significance to Veterans, being dedicated to Civil War Commander Oscar C. Wallace and home to the Spanish-American War monument.