Alvah Kittredge is something of an enigma to local historians. He was clearly enormously wealthy and a very prominent figure in local politics, but we don’t know much about him. Historic Boston Inc., which is taking on the job of restoring what’s left of his mansion, has been diligently researching him in an effort to learn more about the man whose house they’re rebuilding.
It appears their efforts have paid off with quite the jackpot. Kittredge, who helped found the Eliot Congregational Church on Walnut Street, has unearthed two photographs of Kittredge taken before his death in 1876. Read more about their lucky find and Kittredge’s work establishing the church over at the HBI Blog.