The Dearborn School in Roxbury is a sneakily distinctive structure. At first glance, it’s nothing special: just a massive building a stone’s throw from Dudley Square. Look closer, though, and striking details emerge, including several flourishes that evoke ancient Greece. But the Dearborn might not be standing much longer. 

The city plans to demolish it to build a new science, technology, engineering and math school on the same site, with the state picking up more than half of the $71 million construction cost. It’s a decision that has many neighborhood residents crying foul.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has said that rehabbing the Dearborn would be too expensive, but this week, the Massachusetts Historical Commission formally asked the city to consider building the new Dearborn somewhere else. 

Boston Preservation Alliance Executive Director Greg Galer thinks that's the right way to go.