GALLERY OF WOOD SOURCES & THEIR HISTORY
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BOSTON HARBOR, MASSACHUSETTS
Logs taken from Battery Wharf in Boston Harbor
Logs before they are milled on the saw.
|The North Battery of Boston harbor was built by|
Major-General John Leverett in 1646 at the bottom of Copp’s Hill at Merry’s Point. We now know the location as Battery Wharf.
This battery was built from timbers and filled with earth. A strategic point of defence, it covered both the mouth of the Charles River and the harbor.
It was maintained with men and arms until the end of the Revolution.
In 1706, the battery was expanded to 40 feet in width and extended 120 feet.
It was sold to Jeffrey & Russell (in the late 1780's) and became known as Jeffrey’s Wharf, one of many in the harbor. For decades, large industrial warehouses stood on wood pilings driven into the harbor -- just over half of the 4.5 acre site is built over water.
Over the years Battery Wharf was used to store bulk cotton and hay and also served as a steamship pier. More recently, the location was occupied for many years by the Bay State Lobster and Seafood Company.
To make way for a current renovation, a massive demolition project was undertaken. Many of the existing oak wharf pilings have been removed from the harbor. New concrete pilings will take their place and support new buildings. We were able to salvage these old oak pilings and are currently drying and re-milling them.
|Currently Battery Wharf is being re-built with a mixed used-development project that includes high-end condominiums, a luxury hotel, underground parking and marine dockage, retail space, a spa and fitness center, a restaurant, and a park. The 475,000 square foot project is comprised of 4 separate buildings. Although the initial ground-breaking ceremony occurred in 2001, construction only recently began earlier this year. Completion is expected in two years.|
The panel board below shows finished floor boards from this Battery Wharf stock. The color of the boards is beautiful, with unusual black striations that add to the character. We milled this material in widths from 2-1/2" to 8" in width, with a tongue and groove.
For more details on the exciting transformation of this wharf, including great digital renderings of the project, we invite you visit the website of
The Architectural Team, the architects for the new project at their website "wwww.architecturalteam.com".
Also - please visit the website of the project developer, Development Management Corporation, at their website "www.batterywharf.com" to see images of the project in progress and get more information. And if you click on their "News" section, you can view a video segment about Longleaf Lumber and this project from The History Channel.