Most people living in the greater Boston area for the past ten or so years will have some memory of Filene’s Department store. Filene’s Basement being even more well know than it’s bigger, and usually cleaner more organized big sister. William Filene began his retail business in 1881 with the Filene’s and sons company. The downtown store was completed in 1912 and in 1929 they sold to Federated Department Stores, who remained the owners until 1988 when they sold to May Department Stores Company. Then in 2005 Federated Department Stores bought May Department Stores and ultimately RE-bought Filene’s. I do know that because the facade holds some historical value to the city whoever owns the property now were unable to tear down the entire structure, ultimately leaving a deserted construction site and a huge gaping hole in downtown Boston.
This is not why we are here though. I had an opportunity to get inside the main floor of the gutted building and make a couple of snappy’s recently. Over all it makes me a bit sad to see it this way but visually it makes a cool location.