O'Hearn Storage Building, Fields Corner, Dorchester, MA.
This large, brick building complex that dominates the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street in the heart of Fields Corner has a complicated and fascinating history. It was built in the late 1880s by the Field family on the site of their original homestead, which they picked up and moved to the back of the lot. Part of the building was occupied by the Dorchester Music Hall. It also housed shops, offices, and another public meeting hall until much of it was converted to storage use around the turn of the 20th century. To accomplish this, new floors were added and most of the elegant windows were bricked in. The O’Hearn family operated a storage facility and other businesses there until the early 1980s. Since then, most of the upper floor spaces have been vacant, awaiting a creative reuse.
The redevelopment and preservation of these historic, largely vacant buildings would contribute greatly to the physical and economic revitalization of Fields Corner. HBI is working with the buildings’ owner to identify physically and financially feasible new uses for this pivotal Fields Corner landmark.