Here is a December 2007 story by the Times' Kristen Geco about the previous owner of the Lorraine.
"You have an aging building," [Christopher] Shattuck said. "You have an owner who appears not to have taken much interest in the tenants. ... The ultimate disaster happened."
Shattuck said he was particularly concerned about the building's electrical system, which he said included "knob and tube" wiring dating to 1910, when the building was erected as a hospital. Knob and tube wiring consists of insulated copper wire that is protected by porcelain tubes where it passes through joists and studs and is supported by porcelain knobs.....
In fact, knob and tube wiring can render your home uninsurable.
Litigation Looms Large
Meanwhile, a spate of litigation has ensued.
In her motion to add plaintiffs, Crnilovic-Phillips noted that other groups had organized suits to be filed by at least two other law firms."Plaintiff already advised the court and defendants that there would be additional plaintiffs, and indeed there are, and they are being represented by at least two law firms in the Greater Boston area," Crnilovic-Phillips wrote.
A Motion to Attach Personal Property
The two sides face a March 20 court date on the plaintiff's motion for a legal attachment on properties owned by Raso and Gattineri, including the small fenced-off pile of rubble at the corner of Middle and School streets where the apartment building stood from 1901 to Dec. 14.
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Photo of Gary Raso and Mark Gattineri courtesy of Mary Muckenhoupt