Adding to the interest in the Partners Nursing Home, might I modestly add an overlooked point: The location of the home is a historic North End site.
At the corner of Fulton and Richmond was a rickety building, perhaps dating to the 1700s, that was home of The Italian News in the early and mid-1950s. This weekly newspaper was published by City Councillor Gabriel Piemonte. The staff (two of us) and print shop (one linotype operator) occupied a second floor. On the first floor and basement was a blacksmith shop. The pounding of our typewriters and the pounding or art iron and horseshoes made a neat duo.
The Italian News championed the interests of the Italian-American community in general and North End in particular. We fought the good fight to eliminate the shockingly discriminatory and racist McCarran Immigration Act. We fought stereotyping of Italian-Americans in films and TV. (It was a struggle that goes on: the Sopranos.) A weekly feature, under the title Genus Ausonia, ran interviews of famous artists, academics, scientists, politicians, business people — from Aldo Felicani , secretary of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee, to Bernard DeVoto, Harvard professor, author and scholar, to Tony Bennett, one of many Italian-Americans who
The historic building and its neighboring structures were demolished to make room for the nursing home. An excellent use.
In the video below, Bob Skole talks about his days as a reporter at the Italian News.