Fort Hill townhouse
Photo: Deborah Hood
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Revamping a Roxbury Townhouse

This elegant brick townhouse is in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury. A first-time homeowner bought it from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Exterior renovation was done under the guidance of Historic Boston Inc., but the interior will be radically reconfigured to make it a two-family house.

The homeowner will live on the third and fourth floors (with an artist's loft in the attic) while she rents out the first and second floors as a unit. Period details like the house's paneled entryway, staircase, mantles, and double parlor doors will be restored as the spaces are reallocated and updated for 21st century living.

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