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“last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square”
Otis House is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square in Boston's West End neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the house for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who was instrumental in developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston. Otis House is the first of three houses Bulfinch designed for Harrison Gray Otis and his wife Sally Foster Otis. The house’s design reflects the classical proportions and delicate detail of the Federal style. Visitors learn about the Otis family's life in the Federal era and the later history of the house, when it served as a clinic and a middle-class boardinghouse. The restoration of Otis House and its brilliantly colored wallpapers, carpeting, and high-style furnishings, is based on meticulous historical and scientific research. Tours are offered Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with tours every half hour. Last tour is at 4 :30 p.m. Walking tours of Beacon Hill are offered on Saturdays, May through October at 11 a.m.
My wife and I had the Boston Go card and the Otis house was on the card so we took a trip to Beacon Hill and entered the house of the third mayor of Boston. My wife and I love to take historical... Read more
We happened upon this site after a walk up Beacon Hill. The tour was full but we were allowed to go into the archives room where they had an interesting display of "ephemera" about Boston. The... Read more
The guided tour of Otis House really worked for me; when I took it I felt as if I'd been transported back to the time when this was the Otis family's Boston home. Our tour group was comprised... Read more
- Wed: 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
- Sun, Thu - Sat: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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