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Video: A look inside the historic Kittredge House in Roxbury

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 7, 2014 06:28 PM

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In Video: A look inside the Kittredge House, narrated by Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston Inc.


Restoration efforts at the historic Kittredge House in Roxbury are progressing, as crews work to bring the Linwood Street home back to its original glory.

The three-story structure was constructed in 1836 by Alvah Kittredge, a Roxbury alderman, famed furniture maker, and deacon at the Eliot Congregational Church. It has also been called home by a number of famous figures, including Nathaniel Bradlee, a prominent Boston architect.

The Greek revival mansion boasts more than 6,000-square-feet of living space with its towering columns, elegant façade, and winding staircases.

Historic Boston Inc., a real-estate development non-profit, is currently in the process of restoring the property. The organization broke ground on the $3.8-million restoration effort in June.

“The architecture is what’s really significant,” explained Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston. “It looks like a Greek temple and was built in a period in which architects and people commissioning their buildings were interested in the Greek Revival and interested in the Greek architecture that exemplified democracy.”

The Boston Redevelopment Authority, which turned over ownership of the property to Historic Boston, took control of the house by eminent domain in 2011 to save it from further decay. It had been empty for close to 20 years.

“One of the great things about Highland Park [the neighborhood were the property is located] is that there’s a building or house from almost every single period of time in the development of Roxbury and that’s what so great about this neighborhood and Boston,” said Kottaridis. “We have lots and lots of different examples of the people that came before us and the buildings they built; it gives us a sense of place.”

The city has contributed several hundred thousand dollars to the project to help preserve the landmark and aid in the construction of affordable housing. Money was also raised through fundraising and Historic Boston’s Trilogy Fund.

Eventually, five two-bedroom units will be constructed in the building.

Because both state and federal historic tax credits are being used for the project, two of the units will be affordable rentals for five years and will eventually be sold as condos. The other three units, once completed, will be sold as condos at a market rate price.

About 30-percent of the restoration work has been completed and the structure is expected to be ready for occupants by September.

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