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Loring-Greenough House

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1760. 12 South St.
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • Loring-Greenough House (Keith Morgan)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)

Joshua Loring, a commodore in the Royal Navy, served in the French and Indian wars prior to constructing this clapboard house in 1760. A loyalist during the Revolution, Loring was compelled to abandon the property in 1774. Acquired by David Greenough in 1784, the house remained in that family until 1924. The only major change took place in 1811, when the two-story kitchen wing and attached carriage barn were added. The original main block of the house has a hipped roof with a Chippendale-derived balustrade. On the south facade, an entrance portico with Tuscan columns supports a full entablature. The interior of the house, which is a museum and open to the public, has in the principal rooms original ornamental woodwork characteristic of the pre-Revolutionary era.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Loring-Greenough House", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 270-270.

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