A few months ago when we started construction in the basement of the Kittredge House, we made an exciting discovery. The remnants of a Roxbury Puddingstone retaining wall were found in the basement. It’s hypothesized that this wall may be a relic of the original 1836 foundation of the building, from before the house was pivoted to face Linwood Street in the 1890’s. Unfortunately, the wall was located in what is now the new garden apartment, on the ground floor of the Kittredge House, and so it had to be removed. However, it didn’t go far. We re-used the stone to create a new retaining wall in the back of the renovated building. The discovery got us thinking about Roxbury Puddingstone, and what makes it so special (it is the State Rock of Massachusetts, after all).
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