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Historic Boston Gets $100K to Preserve Alvah Kittredge House

September 5, 2013 — Historic Boston, a nonprofit preservation and real estate organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston, announced it has been awarded a $100,000 grant to support preservation of the Alvah Kittredge House in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood.

Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI) said the support, from the Lynch Foundation, brings its current $1 million capital campaign total to $900,000.

Rehabilitation of the Kittredge House, which was abandoned in 1991, began in June and is scheduled for completion next June. 2013. Earlier, weather protection and stabilization work had been completed.

The grant will fund restoration of Greek Revival period features of the Kittredge House, including fluted columns, scrolled Ionic column capitals, and triple hung wooden window sashes. Once completed, the house will be five apartments, two of which will be designated at affordable rental rates.

The total cost of the project is $3.76 million, which, in addition to fundraising efforts, is being supported by a state and federal historic tax credits, a city grant, and HBI equity.

The Kittredge House, located at 10 Linwood Street, was built in 1836 and moved to its current site around 1896. Historic Boston became the owner in June 2011 with plans to redevelop it as three units of market rate housing and two units of affordable housing.

Established in 1960, HBI was created to save The Old Corner Bookstore in downtown Boston. The project demonstrated that the preservation of historic buildings can be a driving force in economic revitalization as the building became home to new business and the Old Corner Bookstore became a site on Boston’s Freedom Trail, attracting thousands of visitors annually.

HBI subsequently transitioned to a nonprofit developer and, since 1979, has supplemented the planning and regulatory powers of the Boston Landmarks Commission by providing technical assistance, financing, and development of services to support historic rehabilitation projects. Its most visible projects include Charlestown’s Hurd House and Austin Block, Chinatown’s Hayden Building, and Roxbury’s Spooner Lambert House. HBI has also supported more than 52 active religious congregations with preservation of their historic houses of workshop through its Steeples Project.

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