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|No. 3267: Greenwood Church Community House|
Photograph printed in Dorchester Old and New 1630-1930.
| The Greenwood Church Community House was located at 384-386 Washington Street, the property formerly occupied by the old red Edwin T. Booth house, a Dorchester landmark for nearly a century. It was later tenanted by Rev. Elijah Cutler, and then by a sexton of the Greenwood Church. That old house was torn down in 1916. On June 3, 1920, during the pastorate of Robert M. Pierce, the property was purchased for the church. The Greenwood Church Community House Corporation was incorporated in 1928, and a building forty-five by one hundred feet was erected. There were rooms for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Booster Club, a recreational hall, bowling alleys, locker rooms with showers, and fully-equipped kitchen.
Apparently it was also called the Mt. Bowdoin YMCA. Michael Pallarmary wrote: The Mt. Bowdoin Y was between the Methodist Church and Mother's Rest on Wasington Street. There was a basketball court on the first/second floor, a "Teen Room" upstairs and a small bowling alley downstairs. They started the first Headstart program n the basement. It was also next door to Levine's funeral home. You used to walk up into the Y. There were two huge columns out front. There were dances on Friday night. In the 1960s it was a very popular hangout. I used to spend a lot of time there. Thomas Melody lived just behind the Y. He died last year (2003) of a cerebral hemorrhage at 50 years of age. He has been in my thoughts. This Y provided a vital community service as it kept a lot of us out of trouble.
From: Craig Latham
Concerning the Mt. Bowdoin Y in Dorchester.
Is it there any more? I worked as a Day Camp counselor in summer of 1965. I worked for Warren Reddick. He was the youth director at that time. He has since passed away in Ohio. I met my first true love there. Her name was Janet Rose. She lived around the corner on Greenbrier St (#27 or #37 Greenbrier is I remember right). Though she did not work for the Y, she would spend a lot of time there and at the dances on Friday night. Can you tell me anything about the neighborhood there now? Have any photos from the 60's perhaps. This was the best summer of my life.
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Created: July 13, 2004 Modified: December 28, 2009