Historic Timeline 1900 - 1996

1904

The Chain Forge and Foundry Building in the Navy Yard is completed.

1905

A new Sailor’s Haven building is built on Water Street under the sponsorship of the Episcopal City Mission.

1906

An elevated rail rapid transit line from Boston, built down Main Street and terminating at a grandiose Sullivan Square station, is completed.

1907

The third Charlestown High School on Monument Square is built to replace that of 1870. (Still extant, the building is now converted to condominium apartments.)

1911

St. Catherine of Siena’s Parochial School is founded.

1913

A new building for the Charlestown Branch Library is built on Monument Square.

1914 – 1918

The Navy Yard expanded as a result of World War I.

1915

Old City Hall is replaced by new Municipal Services Building and Courthouse on same site in City Square.

1917

The Army-Navy YMCA is built in City Square on the site of the former 1870 addition to Waverley House to accommodate World War I servicemen from the Navy Yard.

1919

A Revere Sugar refinery is built on Medford Street.

The Bunker Hill Monument Association transfers the monument to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for administration by the Metropolitan District Commission.

1928

The Boston & Maine Railroad North Terminal freight yards are completed.

1932

The Clarence R. Edwards Middle School is built on Walker Street.

1943

Harvard Mall, the gift of Harvard College, is dedicated on the site of John Harvard’s former house and grave.

1953

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library is founded by Branch Librarian Mary K. Harris.

1958

Community newspaper, the Charlestown Patriot, is founded.

1962

A great fire destroys the old potato sheds next to the rail yards.

1963

The existing Warren-Prescott School is built on School Street.

1965

Urban renewal begins in Charlestown, leading to considerable demolition and redevelopment.

1970

A new Charlestown Branch Library building opens on Thompson Square.

1972

The existing Harvard-Kent School is built on Bunker Hill Street.

1973

An elevated interchange connecting the I-93 expressway and Tobin Bridge is completed in City Square.

1974

Boston Naval Shipyard is closed.

1975

The elevated transit line on Main Street is demolished and replaced by a subway and surface line under the elevated I-93 expressway.

An urban renewal plan for the Navy Yard is completed and conversion to private sector uses begins. The earliest most historic section of the Navy Yard is designated a National Historical Site administered by the National Park Service.

1976

The Bunker Hill Monument is transferred to the National Park Service, becoming part of the Boston National Historical Park.

1978

Holden School, a private school offering special education classes, is established. The fourth and existing Charlestown High School is built on former site of the Prescott School on Medford Street.

1980

The Holden School refurbishes and occupies the former Oliver Holden Elementary School on Pearl Street.

1984

Keane, Inc. purchases Roughan Hall and begins its rehabilitation for corporate headquarters.

1985

The Courtyard apartment development is completed on Main Street.

1986

The Tontine Crescent apartment development is completed on Main Street.

1993

All Charlestown Catholic parochial schools are combined into Charlestown Catholic Elementary School in the former St. Catherine’s Parochial School building.

1996

City Square Park is completed and opened on October 6.