Join the West End Museum on Thursday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to hear a firsthand account of the demolition of the West End from Tom Hynes, an individual who spent his college summers working on the West End demolition team for Duane Wrecking.
Hynes will speak about his memories—the sights, smells, sounds, and feelings he experienced—and share personal photographs he took in the midst of the backbreaking, grueling work. This free event will also feature a Q&A session, and light refreshments will be served.
Hynes describes the work as grueling process. “My first day on the job was torture. I nearly collapsed with the work of pulling scrap iron out of the burning inferno of debris on the site. Tripping over brick bats as the bulldozer pushed the debris into the fire—creating acrid smoke and an occasional muffled explosion. I was oblivious to the fact that the debris had been someone’s home just a few months before. I can imagine the old West End would now be a thriving multi-cultural neighborhood had urban renewal not taken its toll.”
Tom Hynes is now co-chairman and chief executive officer of Colliers International’s Boston office, a full-service commercial real estate firm. He is the nephew of former Boston Mayor John B. Hynes, first cousin to the late “dean of Boston TV news” Jack Hynes, and second cousin to developer John Hynes of Boston Global Investors.