Built in an open rural setting in 1908 by Charles Adams, The Sunnyside Waiting Room & General Store served as a gathering place for the community of Dorchester. Adams Village, named after Charles, became a social hub for people to congregate before boarding the Old Colony Railroad. Adams was often known to meet his customers at the end of the trolley line. The Old Colony Railroad later revolutionized Dorchester, sparking a residential building influx, eventually leading Dorchester to make up one fifth of the city of Boston.
The building and luncheonette were purchased by Gerard Adomunes in the 1970’s and converted into Gerard’s Adams Corner Restaurant & General Store. Gerard’s became a gathering spot to the modern Adams village community, recreating the social atmosphere of the Sunnyside Waiting Room. Family and friends gathered at Gerard’s to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions with homestyle, comfort food.
Owned and operated by Dorchester natives, Landmark Public House will pay homage to old Dorchester & uphold the tradition of acting as the central meeting place for the Adams Corner neighborhood and beyond. A large dining room featuring reclaimed wood tables and exposed brick holds picturesque photos of 1900’s Dorchester landscapes and classic Boston Sports teams. The bar area holds artifacts from working families and trinkets from earlier times. Landmark Public House will visually display the evolution from the era of the Sunnyside Waiting Room to modern day Dorchester.