Elisha Loring House // c.1842

One of my favorite examples of a refined Greek Revival estate in Boston is the Elisha Loring House in Dorchester. Located at the corner of Ashland and Mill Streets, the home was built around 1843 for Elisha Loring, a wealthy businessman. Elisha T. Loring (1804-1889) was born on Cape Cod and began his career in the Chilean tin and copper trades, returning to Boston in 1839.
Soon after returning, he purchased a large residential lot in the developing Clam Point neighborhood from housewrights Joseph Foster and Rufus Kelton of Dorchester, paying a total of $6900 for the two lots. Loring made a fortune in the Lake Superior mines, also known as the Calumet and Hecla mines while he resided in his Dorchester home. By 1862, he was the treasurer to the Pewabic and Franklin Mining Companies, and a decade later is listed as President of the National Dock Company.

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