Prescott Building Open House

Prescott Building in Heart of Roslindale Village Now Available

The Prescott Building has a long history in Roslindale, and was most recently the site of the Jerusalem Trading business. The first floor (~5,000 square feet) is available for rent. Roslindale Village Main Street sees the potential of this building to be the site of something wonderful for our neighborhood and reached out to the landlord to host an Open House and bring people together to collaborate and invest in Roslindale. 

Join us for an Open House:

Prescott Building

17 Poplar Street, Roslindale, MA 02131

Saturday, February 11th, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hosted by Roslindale Village Main Street. Sign up on our Facebook event.

Background on this building

Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI) shared this information about the Prescott Building:

Located on Poplar Street, facing Adams Park, the Prescott Building is a highly visible building in Roslindale Square. The Prescott Building was built in 1929, during the boom days of Roslindale’s development. The large two story brick commercial building replaced earlier wood frame buildings that stood on Poplar Street. Building records show that a one story wood store building was constructed on this site in 1895. In 1929, Anne Prescott petitioned the city to raze a 1 ½ story building occupied by a store and a dwelling on this location. To design the current building, Prescott hired Harold Duffie, a prolific architect that mostly designed residential homes and was particularly active in the Woodbourne and Forest Hills neighborhood. In the early 1930s, Prescott filed a permit to include an indoor miniature golf course in this building. Other long term uses included Charlestown Savings Bank, a beauty salon on the second floor, and Blair’s Foodland, for which a small 1 story rear addition was built in 1946. The building’s storefront has been altered several times.”


Local Super Bowl Specials and Events

Super Bowl Food and Fun in Roslindale

Hosting or attending a Super Bowl party? Shop party platters and treats from some of your favorite local businesses:

  • The Quality Meat Market and Roslindale Fish Market have a lot of fresh options to cook up almost any menu.
  • Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale and Chance Liquors have diverse selections of beers, wine and other spirits.
  • Fornax Bread Company has a selection of breads (great for dips, chili, or as toast points for a cheese board), and “Go Pats” decorated sugar cookies. 
  • Tony’s Market is offering 10% off on orders for servings of 10 or more – call by Friday morning to get this great deal! The special applies to all prepared platters, from chicken parmesan to meatballs to chicken drumsticks to desserts like cannoli and tiramisu. 

Looking for a place to watch the game? Check out:

Not a football fan? Check out the Stitcher Bowl and get tickets by February 1st. The event is Sunday, February 5 at 1:30 pm.

Jan. 14, 2017: Grand Opening of the Craft Beer Cellar

The Redevelopment of the Substation has been a project of Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) for 14 years, and had efforts before that.  On Saturday, January 14th, we were able to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Craft Beer Cellar!

At the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, RVMS Executive Director Alia Hamada Forrest gave some major shout-outs to the past Presidents and Directors of RVMS who’ve been involved with Substation Redevelopment and for whom it has been a labor of love. This Substation has not been occupied in over 40 years and to bring it back to life it has taken years of brainstorming, community meetings, soliciting ideas, evaluating pro formas, searching out developers and potential businesses, connecting with the City, the MBTA, and the Rozzie community. Thank you to former and current RVMS Presidents for their time and leadership:

Joe Portelecki
Vinny Marino
Jim Nichols
Glenn Williams 
Charlie McCarthy
Carter Wilkie
Steve Gag
Jennifer Madar
Hilary Sullivan
Anthony Giordano

Former Executive Directors:

Kate Horrigan
Tom Litke
Janice Williams
Jodi Burr
Stephanie Cave
Christina DiLisio

Additionally, the RVMS Substation Committee Co-Chairs Adam Rogoff and Liz Sherva, deserve a lot of credit for the Substation redevelopment as it is today.  

Thanks to Substation Committee volunteers who committed an enormous about of time over the past decade and half on the committee or otherwise:

Wayne Beitler
Mike Feloney
Mark Rukavina
Steve Gag
Jake Maliel
Vinny Marino
Carter Wilkie

The Substation redevelopment is a great partnership between Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI), Peregrine Group, and Chris Douglass

We’d like to thank the George B. Henderson Foundation for a grant that supplied significant of the funding for the beautiful windows you see today.

We’d specifically like to thank Mayor Walsh who met our group privately at Chris Douglass’ Tavalo even before he’d taken office to hear about the project and its obstacles.  He committed then to making it a priority for Roslindale and soon after taking office advanced out efforts tremendously.

Thank you to Councilor Tim McCarthy and Lee Blasi for all your help connecting Peregrine Group to all the right permits and licensing, helping with community meetings, and your overall support to make Roslindale a vibrant neighborhood. 

RVMS Substation Committee Co-Chair Liz Sherva showed the building to a lot of people – trying to find the right non-profits or businesses that would work for Roslindale.  A few years ago we gave Bryan Reeves a tour of the lower level.  He came with a good business concept that would complement Chris Douglass’ restaurant, and on that first tour Bryan kept saying, “Wow, this place is amazing.”  A big welcome to the neighborhood to Bryan Reeves, who will be running the Craft Beer Cellar right downstairs. Welcome to Rozzie! 

More articles and photos about the Grand Opening of the Craft Beer Cellar can be found here: