There was big excitement in late Spring of 1980s when the Silvias, who had owned Maplecroft since 1948 decided to sell. Lt. Col. Kraft and his brother had plans to buy the property priced at $80,000 but financing fell through. (Boston Globe, June 14, 1980).
It would appear the City Council entertained the notion of buying Maplecroft as well. Perhaps it might have been a house museum open to the public today. (Boston Globe April 24, 1980).
Here’s a great article form the Boston Globe dated dated April 30, 1980 with an interview with John McGinn who owned Second St. #92.