JP History: Loring-Greenough House fundraising to renovate kitchen

The historic Loring-Greenough House is in the middle of a fundraising campaign to raise money to renovate its kitchen, according to Allison Cook, a member of the kitchen crowdfunding task force.

“The existing cabinetry, sink and plumbing has far outlasted its usefulness,” said Cook in an email. “It was installed as ‘temporary’ about 12 years ago and was always meant to be replaced with modern, historically-sensitive cabinetry.  We will be doing just that as well as reinstalling and restoring the original, late 19th century soapstone sink.  All cabinetry will blend in seamlessly with the existing 18th and 19th century cabinetry and woodwork.”

According to Cook, the project design work was approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 2017. That was a requirement as both the exterior and interior of the house is landmarked by the City, said Cook.

“Included as part of the BLC approval is a historic paint analysis study which will guide us in choosing a historically appropriate paint color,” said Cook.

She said all the permits will be pulled by the project manager, Kevin Cradock, and sub-contractors. Cradock, who is well-known for crafting high-quality millwork, cabinetry, and furniture, is offering to donate a substantial portion of the work. But even with that offer, the Loring-Greenough House needs to raise about $26,000 for the project to happen. The project has raised about $8,000, at the Gazette deadline, and the crowdfunding ends Feb. 4.

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