Second Empire before turned into spectacular home
Photo: Anthony Tieuli
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Before: Second Empire in Shambles

"I wasn't sure I could ever afford a house in Boston. I got really lucky," says Lanita Tolentino, the new owner of the left unit of this restored duplex in Roxbury. She grew up just a few blocks away. The 1870s Second Empire, like many older homes in the area, had sat vacant and in foreclosure until it was acquired by local nonprofit Nuestra Comunidad. That's when TOH TV stepped in to help. Though architecturally intact, missing windows and shabby siding and shingles made the house an eyesore.
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