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About the House

The Loring-Greenough House

The Loring-Greenough House

The Loring-Greenough House was constructed in 1760 by Commodore Loring and owned by the Greenough family from 1783 until 1924. The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club purchased the house in 1924 and has been steward ever since then. In 2008, the club articulated a vibrant new community-oriented role for the House as a center for social, cultural, historical, and educational activities. Please use this site to learn more of the history of the House and the activities of the Club.

Take a Tour

Tours of the Loring-Greenough House are offered to the public by volunteer docents from April through December. From January through March, tours are by appointment only: email docent@loring-greenough.org or leave a voicemail at 617-524-3158. We ask a donation of $5 per adult, $2 per school-age child.

From April through December tours are scheduled each Sunday 1-3 pm.

Early members modeling their grandmothers' clothing, circa 1930

Early members modeling their grandmothers’ clothing, circa 1930

What is the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club?

The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Inc. was founded in 1896 by a group of women, who planned to meet to discuss all matters of interest regarding the community. The club was initially limited to 100. By the first general meeting the limit was 250; by November 1896 the Executive Board raised the limit to 350; and in January of 1897 there were 367 members. The Unitarian Parish House was selected as a meeting place. A membership fee of $5 would cover all expenses. Their goal was to promote ethical, social and intellectual culture and to be a philanthropic and educational organization for women. In July of 1924, the Club purchased the “homestead” of Joshua Loring (which was built in 1760). Until that time it had been owned by the Greenough family, who had inhabited it for four generations.

Today, the Tuesday Club is looking toward a vibrant, new, community-oriented role for the Club and the House; as a center for historical, cultural and educational activities instituted by the Club and other Jamaica Plain organizations. This vision builds on the Tuesday Club’s core mission as a community-based educational and social organization while ensuring continued stewardship of the House, grounds and collections. The intent is to forge closer relations to a wider audience in the community and in the process, secure the organization’s financial future. The mission of the Club shall be to preserve for posterity the historic mansion know as the Loring-Greenough House. The Club will use the House as a base for community education about history of the neighborhood and to foster civic and community spirit in Jamaica Plain.

Enjoy the benefits of membership. You can contribute to an important piece of the fabric of Jamaica Plain and its surrounding communities. Please consider joining the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club.

Drop by for a Community Event

The Loring-Greenough House hosts and produces a wide range of events throughout the year to promote the use of the house and grounds as a center for historical, cultural and education activities for Jamaica Plain and surrounding communities and to encourage a wide and diverse group of people to use and support the House and the Tuesday Club.

The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club organizes a diverse schedule of community events throughout the year. Perennial favorites are the December Holiday Party and Valentine’s Day Open House. Other annual events such as Appraisal Day and the Plant Sale also serve to build community, while raising funds for house and grounds maintenance.

The Club also partners with community organizations to develop an active calendar of programs and events at the House serving a wide range of Jamaica Plain residents. This includes ongoing partnerships, as well as developing new ventures, with an emphasis on Jamaica Plain organizations interested in history, culture, horticulture or related pursuits.

The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club gathers annually for a meeting of the membership. Meetings are usually held in the evening the last Tuesday in May and feature reports by the President and Treasurer and the election of officers, by a vote of the membership. Throughout the year other member events are held, such as teas and lectures and holiday open house events. Please check the calendar for upcoming events.

See the Collections

The collections of the Loring-Greenough House represent an extensive selection of decorative and fine art, and archival material collected since the House was acquired in 1924, by the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club.

Blue Vase at the Loring-Greenough House

Blue Vase at the Loring-Greenough House

The majority of objects in the collection were donated over the ensuing years by members of the Club and its friends.

Displayed throughout the House are American furniture and decorative arts from the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries; as well as fine art, both American and European, from the same periods. There are a number of important items connected with the Greenough family, owners of the House from 1784 to 1924, including several early portraits. In addition, there is a historically significant selection of objects and archival material focusing on the history of Jamaica Plain, including documents and photographs.

There are a number of fascinating collection items relating to women’s history, including an extensive grouping of calling card cases, beaded bags and textiles, (such as period clothing and accessories), early samplers and quilts. In addition, the archives of the House hold the records of the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, a community educational and philanthropic organization for women founded in 1896.