City officials joined with residents, new store owners and Historic Boston on Fairmount Avenue today to re-dedicate the Vertullo Building.
The building, which dates to 1868 - the year Hyde Park became a town - has space for five stores on the first floor and four apartments above. Historic Boston bought the building in 2011 and spent $1.3 million renovating it.
Under clear skies, Hyde Parkians watched Mayor Walsh cut a ribbon - with the help of city councilors Tim McCarthy and Steve Murphy and former Councilor Rob Consalvo:
McCarthy, who represents and lives in the neighborhood, said the renovation shows Hyde Park matters.
"Boston is not a world-class city because of downtown," he said. "Boston is a world-class city because of places like Hyde Park."
After the dedication, people flocked into one of the new stores, Dress with Confidence:
Walsh posed with Sandler Lacoste, owner of the Private Office Barber Shop and his wife, Darnelle. Lacoste is also a sixth-grade math teacher at the Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester.
The stores retain old-style tin ceilings and tiles:
A stylish girl outside the clothing store with a cupcake: