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Roslindale Village Main Street Welcomes Trillium Garden at the Substation 

With great excitement Roslindale Village Main Street announces that Trillium Brewing Company plans to open an indoor winter beer garden in the historic Roslindale Substation Building before the end of the year. Trillium, a national star among New England’s flourishing micro-breweries, will reformulate the highly successful beer garden it operated on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in an indoor venue in the iconic Substation, located at 4228 Washington Street, across from Adams Park.

Trillium’s winter tenancy caps RVMS’s 16-year effort to reactivate the long-vacant main floor of the Substation, which is notable for its grand open space and historic, industrial aesthetic. The Substation underwent a $4.8 million renovation conceived and undertaken by Roslindale Village Main Street, Historic Boston Inc., and Peregrine Group, LLC of Rumford, RI. Trillium will join Craft Beer Cellar Roslindale, a retail craft brew business, that opened earlier this year on the ground floor.

RVMS identified and sought out Trillium because of its national reputation, loyal following, and successful track record of working in partnership with food, arts, and cultural pop-up events in non-traditional spaces. “Beer aficionados will have the unique opportunity to drink Trillium’s award-winning beer in the Substation’s awe-inspiring space, with its 34 foot ceilings, 18-foot copper clad doors, 250-ton capacity gantry crane, and six two-story windows,” said Alia Hamada Forrest, RVMS’s Executive Director. “Where Trillium goes, its fans follow. I’m eager to welcome the newcomers that will discover Roslindale’s existing mix of vibrant restaurants and retail options, and hope that these types of creative partnerships continue to spark across all of Boston Main Street districts. We know when you visit — you will want to return.”

Trillium Garden at the Substation is scheduled to operate five days a week, starting in late November/early December 2017 and running through March 2018. RVMS and other local organizations plan to operate arts and cultural pop-ups, including local music, art, and restaurant collaborations on days Trillium will be closed and, when complementary, during times the beer garden is open.    

RVMS, along with the rest of the development team, continues to look for a long-term tenant.

Built in 1911, the Substation functioned as part of the Boston Elevated Railway Company’s then revolutionary alternating electric current power system. Designed by architect Robert Peabody of Peabody and Stearns with Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, the Substation is one of six nearly identical converter substations built in and around Boston at that time. It has been vacant since the 1970s. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge was the architect for the renovation.