This is quickly becoming my favorite series of posts.
For those unfamiliar with the hirsute goings-on of this (now) regular series, Mustachioed Monuments is all about finding the proper facial hair for Boston’s most iconic buildings (parts one and two available here and here). There are few rules – only one, in fact – the style must fit the building’s time period and/or spirit.
That is to say, there is a science to this. You can’t go putting any mustache on any building. Talk about a faux pas. This takes research and care.
The third installment takes us to what is arguably Boston’s most iconic location and one of the three anchors of the Fenway neighborhood (numbers two and three being the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum). It is, of course, Fenway Park. Spoiler Alert: the picture gave it away already.
So why the big, bushy 'stache with twirls at its ends? That’s because it belonged to Joseph Lannin, owner of the Red Sox from 1913 to 1916. Lannin is known most for bringing Babe Ruth into the Fenway fold and starting a Ladies Day.1
As most of us know from last year’s centennial celebration, Lannin’s ownership is only one year off from the construction of the stadium. Even better, from the photos on this site, he is the only Sox owner sporting a mustache, which quickly made him a much better pick than my early lead, Roosevelt Peter “Mustache Pete” Drexel, fictional ancestor to How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson.
See what I mean about this taking research and care?
Til next time!
1"Red Sox Ownership | Redsox.com: Fenway Park 100." Boston Red Sox. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2013.