Here are the bits and pieces of history that I could find about the lot at 512-518 Tremont Street, the building that stands there now, and the building that stood there before.
When I first heard about the proposal to tear down the current building, I wanted to find out when it was built. I suspected that it was probably built in the early twentieth century but, given the history of the development of the South End, I thought that perhaps a nineteenth century building stood there before the current building.
According to the deeds for the property, a housewright purchased this lot from the City of Boston in 1842. The first mortgage on the property appeared in 1847, indicating that a structure was probably built there at that time. By 1857, Joseph Carew, sculptor, is listed as the owner.
The 1872 and 1875 Boston city directories indicate that Joseph and Henry Carew, brothers, operated a "statuary and monumental works" here. In 1892, Joseph Carew is listed in the directory as working on Gerard Street but the building on the corner of Dwight and Tremont is still listed as a monument works.
Newspapers indicate that in the early twentieth century the space housed a series of restaurants and cafes and had residences above.
|512-518 Tremont St. 1972, South End Historical Society.|