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George Francis Parkman House

33 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Perched on the historic Beacon Street, the George Francis Parkman House is more than just an address; it’s a piece of living history. This regal residence once belonged to George Francis Parkman, a philanthropist renowned for his contributions to the Boston Park system. Parkman’s life, marked by his opulent social status and a mysterious, grisly end, adds a layer of intrigue to the property.

The building itself is a splendid example of 19th-century architecture, with features that reflect the grandeur of its era. Intricate woodwork and original stained glass are among the elements that highlight its design. The Parkman House has not only been a home but also a silent witness to numerous historical events, hosting an array of Boston’s elite including mayors and even U.S. presidents.

The challenge of restoring the Parkman House lay in the delicate balance of modern restoration techniques with the preservation of its original character. Our work focused primarily on the slate and copper roofing. Special attention was given to matching the original materials and methods used in the 1800s, which involved sourcing historically accurate slate tiles and fabricating custom copper accents.

Our restoration efforts extended to the gutters and downspouts, ensuring that they not only functioned efficiently but also matched the aesthetic standards of the period. This project was not just about preserving a building, but about maintaining a piece of Boston’s cultural heritage.

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