Kemp Place

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Kemp Place
Kemp Place, Reading MA.jpg
Kemp Place
Kemp Place is located in Massachusetts
Kemp Place
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′17″N 71°7′2″W / 42.52139°N 71.11722°W / 42.52139; -71.11722Coordinates: 42°31′17″N 71°7′2″W / 42.52139°N 71.11722°W / 42.52139; -71.11722
Built 1853
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 19, 1984

The Kemp Place is a historic farmstead at 186 Summer Avenue in Reading, Massachusetts. The Italianate farmhouse was built in 1858 by Robert "Father" Kemp, founder of the Old Folks Concerts, a nostalgic singing group that toured the country. It is one of Reading's more elaborate Italianate houses, and is one of the few of the period whose cupola has survived.[2]

The farmhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984; the property's period barn has also been listed.[1]

The current owner, Debra A Stackpole, has applied for a demolition permit for both the house and the barn. Her plan is to sell the lots to a company looking to erect a school. A Demolition Delay hearing is scheduled for 7/24/14 at town hall to halt the sale process for 6 months while an alternative is found. If anyone has a suggestion on how to prevent the demolition from occurring or may be interested in purchasing the property, please call Ann Gentile @ 781-942-6608.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Kemp Place". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-20.