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Updated: Jan 5, 2022

In a city like Boston, you probably pass by hundreds of historic buildings on your commute to work or school, but you might not know their history… Check out some of our favorite historic buildings around the newly-minted Nubian Square!

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Originally built in 1901 for Ferdinand’s Furniture Store, a centerpiece of commerce in bustling Nubian Square, the building at 2300 Washington Street was rehabilitated and renamed for Boston’s first African American President of the Boston City Council, Bruce C. Bolling in 2015. The building is a collection of three connected buildings that take up almost an entire block.

During the early 20th century, Ferdinand’s location next to Dudley Square, one of the largest bus stations in Boston, lead to its great success, in part to its proximity to the train line, but by the 1970s the business had closed. In 1987, the elevated line was decommissioned and taken out of service. The building was vacant for decades until its rehabilitation in 2015. Today, the Bolling building is home to Boston Public School administrative departments, and includes a green roof, state-of-the-art office space, retail, civic spaces, and community meeting space.


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