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Alvah Kittredge House restoration moving forward after financial contribution by the Boston Redevelopment Authority

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 24, 2012 05:44 PM

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The restoration of the Alvah Kittredge House, a historic Roxbury structure, recently got a financial boost.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board voted last week to provide $200,000 to assist the non-profit, Historic Boston Inc., in the restoration of the building, an advisory from the non-profit said.

The house, located at 10 Linwood St., is the former home of the furniture maker Alvah Kittredge and was constructed in 1836, according to Historic Boston.

A Greek Revival-style home, the structure has long been in disrepair, but could soon be a new source of housing for the community, once redeveloped by the group.

“The BRA’s support for restoration and re-use of the Kittredge House saves a very threatened historic property and brings it back into the life of the Highland Park community,” Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston, said in a statement. “Historic Boston, Inc. is grateful for the BRA’s support for this project and the value it places on preservation as a tool for neighborhood investment.”

The $4.7 million project, will transform the home into five units of housing; three of which will be market-rate and the other two deemed affordable.

"The restoration of the Alvah Kittredge House is a wonderful investment that will bring even more energy to this part of Roxbury," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. "I applaud the efforts of Historic Boston, an important ally in the effort to preserve irreplaceable properties in our City."

While the money from the BRA made a significant dent in fundraising for the project, Historic Boston still needs to raise several hundred thousands of dollars to complete the project, according to the group.

To further raise funds for the restoration and other projects, Historic Boston recently launched The Trilogy Fund.

The initiative, which aims to raise money for the Kittredge House, along with Hayden Building in Chinatown, and the Vertullo Building in Hyde Park, anticipates having all the funding for the Kittredge restoration in place by early next year.

Historic Boston expects to begin construction on the house by the spring of 2013.

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