Newton Cemetery Section K, Lot 154, Main Avenue
Restore and as necessary reconstruct the decorative cast iron fence around the Whipple-Beal family lot in the private Newton Cemetery, which was established in 1855. This lot includes the cemetery's first burial, Jessie Annie Whipple, who died at the age of 3 months and was buried in October 1856, as well as the burials of her brothers Orrin (died at 2 months, 1857) and Willie (died at 12 hours, 1861). Similar fences were very popular during the Victorian era, but this is the last remaining decorative fence of any kind in Newton Cemetery.
|$60,000||CPA (historic resources)|
|$7,500||value of Newton Cemetery staff time to be contributed for project management and restoration work|
|$7,000||community fundraising by Friends of Newton Cemetery, for interpretive signage|
|$74,500||TOTAL PROJECT COST|
2 May 2017 - pre-proposal, including maps, photos and analysis of historic significance
May 2017 - page about the Whipple-Beal fence on Newton Cemetery website: www.newcemcorp.org/plan/whipple-beal-fence
May 2017 - 3-dimensional scan of the Whipple-Beal fence (*.mp4 movie file)
A public hearing on this proposal is scheduled for 16 November 2017. Written comments on the proposal received by 27 October 2017 can be forwarded to the CPC before the hearing.
(additional information will be added here as appropriate)
Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459-1719
Note: This monument and its lot are owned by the City of Newton. The grounds around the monument are maintained by the private Newton Cemetery. Funds for the monument's restoration were appropriated to the control of the Newton Planning & Development Department.
Restore the stonework and masonry, including appropriate mortar, of the City-owned Civil War Monument, sited in Newton Cemetery (private). This memorial, constructed in 1864 with funds donated by the citizens of Newton, was the second in Massachusetts and one of the first in the country to honor soldiers who had lost their lives during the Civil War.
|$15,000||CP funds appropriated for assessment & recommendations (historic resources)|
|$13,161||CP funds spent for assessment & recommendations (unspent balance returned to CP Fund)|
|Note:||The appropriation for this assessment also included other funds to assess the exterior stairs to the War Memorial Auditorium at City Hall.|
CP funds appropriated for final specifications & restoration
|$99,895||CP funds spent for final specifications & restoration ($34,105 returned unspent to CP Fund)|
October 2004 - proposal
30 March 2005 - CPC funding recommendation
16 May 2005 - Board order (appropriation)
4 April 2012 - full proposal (long file, may load slowly),
9 April 2012 - CIty of Newton Law Dept. memo (confirming City responsibility for maintenance & repair)
24 April 2012 - presentation to the CPC (includes photos & historical information)
30 April 2012 - CPC recommendation
18 June 2012 - Board order (appropriation)
1864-1930s - Civil War Monument deed & history
June 2006 - Interim Assessment Report
March 2013 - project construction contract
May-December 2014 - rededication, documentation and interpretation:
August 2015 - final project report to the CPC, including photos of construction and the rededication ceremony