Machine / Ramrod in Fenway to be demolished

This past Thursday applications were filed with the city to demolish the commercial buildings in the Fenway at 1252-1268 & 1270 Boylston Street. Some may recognize the address which is the home of Boston’s gay bar Machine / Ramrod  in Fenway. The series of small buildings that currently comprise this block will be demolished to make way for a 15-story,  225,000 square foot mixed-use project that will include 451 rental units above a ground-floor retail podium designed for a broad range of neighborhood-oriented culinary, lifestyle, and experiential tenants. The rental units will range in size from studios through 3 bedrooms. 15% of units, 68 in total will be affordable.

In recognition of the site’s important heritage and affiliation with the LGBTQ community, the building will also include the Boylston Black Box, a 10,000-square-foot LGBTQ-centric venue for the performing arts. The Boylston Black Box will be anchored by a 156-seat theater and will also include dedicated flex and community areas to serve as safe spaces. The Boylston Black Box will be delivered and operated on a not-for-profit basis.

9 responses to “Machine / Ramrod in Fenway to be demolished

  1. I spent many fun nights in both the Ramrod and the 1270 back in the late 1980s and early 1990s when I lived in Boston. This is quite sad.

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  2. A wise investor would keep the nightclubs. So many have been wiped out of existence in this pandemic. HK in NY just lost Therapy amongst numerous others that have been shuttered. They literally cannot survive. To invest in a plan that includes a night club that there will be a demand for when things return to normal would be the best course of action, and quite profitable in the future.

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  3. The Ramrod is Boston history, an institution. The promise of some sort of performance space that will probably disappear like so many other public/private cultural spaces doesn’t cut it! Boston’s LGBT bar scene is under assault, it’s dying. Shame on the city for letting this happen.

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  4. Robert Richey

    Hurbies

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  5. People want a bar/night club to go to. Gay nightlife will be over with machine gone. I’ve worked at Machine/ramrod for about 20yrs. The place is a Boston staple. Most people don’t want a theatre. People enjoy talking with friends meeting new people over acouple drinks and some dancing. Please keep that in mind.

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  6. LGBT+

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  7. 1270 boylston was also home to a gay bar the 1270. It had 4 floors plus a rooftop bar.

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  8. NOOOOOOO! That was home for me!

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