Pin oak at Leavitt-Hovey house prized part of landscape 

Published: 11/10/2022 4:13:16 PM

Thank you for the Recorder article about the request to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for approval to remove the bookmobile addition on the Leavitt-Hovey house, soon to be the “old” library. I want to clarify that while the mature oak tree to the east of the historic building might be “in the way” of a possible ramp along the east side of the building, it is a prized and important part of the landscape at the Leavitt-Hovey house. The city has been extremely careful of that vintage pin oak, in the planning, building, and future use of the new library. There will be many options for improving handicapped access to the historic Leavitt-Hovey House, and I am pleased that the oak will retain its statuesque position for many years to come.

Margo Jones, architect



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