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Keith House Study Report

The Boston Landmarks Commission has posted a study report on the proposed designation of the Keith House in West Roxbury as a Landmark under Chapter 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended.

The Keith House at 1911 Centre Street, West Roxbury, Mass., was built ca. 1839. It was the home of William S. Keith (b. 1810/d. 1888), West Roxbury’s second U.S. postmaster, who served the community in that capacity for 52 years. Besides living at 1911 Centre, Keith also used the property to conduct U.S. Postal Service business. As such, the Keith House may be one of the oldest locations remaining in New England that was used as a postal facility.

The oldest extant single-family structure in the Centre Street business corridor of West Roxbury, the Keith House is an example of Greek Revival architecture, a style that was popular in the United States from about 1825 to 1860. Besides his position as postmaster, Keith was a well-known businessman, operating as a groceries purveyor and serving as station master of the Boston and Providence Railroad’s West Roxbury branch when it opened in 1850.

READ THE KEITH HOUSE STUDY REPORT

There are two ways to provide feedback on this potential landmark designation:

  1. Written feedback can be provided by visiting this link: feedback form.
  2. The study report will be discussed at a public hearing on August 9, 2022. Members of the public are invited to attend this hearing and provide comments there as well. Please look for the meeting notice in the public notices section of our website. 
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