Boston Hides and Furs Building Damaged by Fire Razed

October 13, 2011
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The empty lot on marginal street where a 19th Century brick warehouse building once stood will be used as a parking lot by Boston Hides and Furs.

First the Boston Hides and Furs building on Marginal Street burned. Then came the tropical storm a few weeks back and the building’s roof collapsed.

Company officials said the building was largely

The Testa Company took the old warehouse down to the ground earlier this week. Shown above are the wreckers doing their thing.

unused during the past 20 years.

Earlier this week, the building was torn down and its major wooden support beams salvaged by a Chelsea company for reuse at another location.

Boston Hides and Furs officials said

A Chelsea company salvaged the 150 year old wooden beams from the torn down structure and will be sending them elsewhere for reuse.

the square of land the building stood on will be used as a parking lot.

“We’re not doing anything with it. It will be a parking lot,” said company official Antionette Adreatola.

The buildings major wooden beams were salvaged by Arnold Jarmak, the owner of a local company dealing in wood reclamation projects.

Jarmak’s company recently supplied the wood for the flooring used in the new Legal Seafoods in the seaport area of the waterfront in Boston.

Boston Hides and Furs officials said they were considering taking some action against the city because of the lengthy and costly fire watch placed on the rain soaked building by the fire department after the roof collapsed.

“There was nothing inside the building that could burn,” said the official.


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