The Alvah Kittredge House (read- Mansion) atop Boston's Fort Hill was
originally built in 1836! It took several years to finish completely
renovating this architectural masterpiece, and construction is wrapping up now. Be the
first residents to live in these state of the art apartments with
endless character and period detail.
Your unit features high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that flood
the living room and kitchen with sunlight. The new kitchen is the place
to cook, entertain and dine though there is ample room for a formal
dining room set up.
The important work of preserving historic neighborhood
business centers continues as HBI takes on the next phase of work on the oldest
remaining structure from Hyde Park’s settlement, the Bonnie-Keith Block (1868).
Home to an immigrant cobbler and his family for the last 68 years and now more
commonly known as the Vertullo Building, this property is undergoing phase two
restoration by HBI, that addresses important maintenance issues and the
rehabilitation of the exterior of the upper portions of the building.
The work involves new roofing including the Mansard and
historically appropriate windows, siding, and trim. Possibly the most important
change will be from the shake shingle siding back to the original clapboard siding
which was discovered mostly intact under the siding of east elevation of the
building. As with the recently completed storefront renovation, this additional
work will significantly transform the character of the building and bring
greater distinction to this end of Cleary Square.
Are you up to the rafters with your home-based business and
need more space? Is the food truck getting just a bit too small and you want to
plant some retail roots? Have you been wondering where the next hot and hip
neighborhood will be for your next coffee shop location?
Well, consider the charming historic neighborhood of Hyde
HBI has just completed the storefront renovation work on the
oldest remaining structure from Hyde Park’s settlement, the Bonnie-Keith Block
(1868) commonly known as the Vertullo Building. As part of the revitalization
of Cleary Square, the Vertullo Building offers great opportunity for storefront
exposure for micro retail businesses. It would be a perfect location for a coffee
shop, specialty food shop, wine store, small grocery, specialty retail, or convenience
We’re planning a BIG party for a BIG project. Restoration of the 1836 Alvah Kittredge House will be completed at the end of this month and we invite you to join with Mayor Martin J. Walsh and neighbors and friends to dedicate the rehabilitated structure on Monday, August 11th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 10 Linwood Street in Roxbury.
Everyone is welcome to this celebration which includes an open house of the five new apartments in the Kittredge House, followed by a festive neighborhood barbeque in Alvah Kittredge Square Park across from the house.
For HBI this is a chance to thank the many people – neighbors, funders, preservation friends, public officials and contractors – for making this project possible. It’s time to celebrate!
Over the course of six weeks this summer seven Boston young people are researching the history of the Dillaway-Thomas House and the Roxbury Heritage State Park and its immediate surrounding areas. Sponsored by MYTOWN (Multicultural Youth Tour of What’s Now) and the Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the students
are also investigating the archives of the city’s great institutions to
explore the original documents that tell the story of Roxbury and
Boston. Last week, they visited the 1630 Eliot Burying Ground
next door to HBI in Roxbury, examining the early grave markers as
primary sources for research about this neighborhood. Two of the seven
students shared some very thoughtful impressions of this unique place.
Not long after HBI acquired the Alvah Kittredge House in 2011, we gathered with Mayor Tom Menino, friends and neighbors
for this photograph. As you can see, there were only four of six ionic
columns standing, and those that remained were rotting and covered with
vines. Scaffolding had been in place for several years to support the
portico in place of the deficient columns.
the rehabilitation work began, the remaining columns were inspected to
determine if any part of any of them were salvageable. One was clearly a
poorly made replacement column which was falling apart and didn’t match
the others. Another was thoroughly rotted through with no hope of
restoration. But two of the existing column shafts were determined to
be restorable. None of the bases were intact enough to save.
the award states:Southwest Boston CDC salutes and honors Historic Boston Inc for its
vote of confidence in the future of downtown Hyde Park as evidenced by its
acquisition and restoration of the Vertullo Building on Fairmount Avenue, its
determination to fully rent the retail spaces at the Vertullo Building in short
order, its painstaking research documenting higher density in the Hyde Park
business district in earlier eras and for being a force in the revitalization
and rejuvenation of Hyde Park’s downtown.
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