Renovations underway on historic Fowler Clark Epstein farmhouse
By Yawu Miller
The Bay Street Banner
Feb 15, 2017
Since September, work crews have been busy tackling decades of paint that adorns the 18th century face of Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. They have embarked upon a historical restoration of the building that is expected to be completed later this year. The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, built between 1786 and 1806, once occupied part of a 330-acre Dorchester estate; over the years, it was subdivided into smaller lots at a time when the Mattapan section of Dorchester was dominated by farms.
In a what-goes-around-comes-around twist of fate, the farmhouse, its grounds and adjacent barn will return to their agrarian roots when Historic Boston Incorporated completes its restoration project. The farm then will serve as the headquarters of the Urban Farming Institute, a Roxbury-based nonprofit that supports urban agriculture in Boston. The new enterprise will include a greenhouse and outdoor growing space on the 30,000-square-foot property, along with offices, a classroom, a commercial refrigerator, a produce washing facility and a demonstration kitchen.