A few buildings in Dorchester could soon be recognized nationally for their historic value.
The structures are part of the Sherman Apartments Historic District in Codman Square. They consist of a wood-frame building and three masonry buildings, according to a release from the office of Secretary William F. Galvin, who chairs the group’s 17-member board.
“The Massachusetts Historical Commission is dedicated to preserving the Commonwealth’s rich historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources,” Galvin said in a statement. “Inclusion of the Sherman Apartments Historic District in the National Register will help to preserve Codman Square’s historic character, while revitalizing the community by ensuring the buildings’ use for years to come.”
The wood-frame home, located at 18 Lyndhurst St., is in the Greek Revival-style. It was constructed in 1831 to house students from the private all-male Dorchester Academy.
The three masonry buildings, located at 544-546 Washington St., 4-6 Lyndhurst St. and 12-14 Lyndhurst St., were constructed between 1904 and 1906 by William U. Sherman as Classic Revival-style, six-family apartment buildings.
The exteriors of the masonry buildings have changed very little since their construction and are “largely intact”, but some interior features were altered after the buildings were converted into 12-family apartment homes, according to Galvin’s office.
Currently the buildings at 544-546 Washington St. and 4-6 Lyndhurst St. are being rehabilitated to provide 20-units of affordable housing. The rehabilitation work includes restoration of the exterior masonry, the replacement of windows, the replacement of the roof and the rehabilitation of interior units and stairways.
Both projects are utilizing state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
If the buildings are designated historic by the National Register of Historic Places they will be protected against future development and be able to apply for tax-credits and historic preservation grants.