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Plan to tear down Beacon Hill house riles residents

Up the cobblestone steep or down by the Flat, Beacon Hill is well known for zealously guarding its architectural history. So when Dean Stratouly recently received a city order to tear down his three-story English Revival town house, residents in a neighborhood of vintage gas lamps and strict rules for even small renovations were not happy.

They lit up phone lines at local preservation offices, and speculation ran rampant that the city approved the demolition only because Stratouly is a prominent Boston developer who residents say “knows his way around.”

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