Two views of Pinebank, an old estate overlooking Jamaica Pond. It was actually the third mansion built on this spot by the Perkins family, who had made their money in the China trade. When the area was purchased by the city as part of the Emerald Necklace, Olmstead felt that the look of the mansion fit in well with his designs for the parks. So the building remained.
Over the years it housed the Childrens Museum, administrative offices, and a recreation center for Boston Parks Dept. Unfortunately, a fire damaged the building in the 70's, leaving it the wreck it is today. Though it's been declared an historical landmark, and there has been much discussion over the years of fixing the place up, nobody could ever come to any agreement of who is responsible for Pinebank, or how it should be used if it is ever repaired. And so it continues to rot, boarded up, hidden behind overgrown trees and briars, attracting only the attention of the occasional passerby who meanders off the the path around the pond.
Here's an older photo.
Submission for Photo Friday 3-26: Neglect