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Cooper-Frost-Austin House

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cooper-Frost-Austin House

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Cooper-Frost-Austin House is clearly documented as the oldest dwelling still standing in the city of Cambridge. The house was owned by one family for more than 250 years.

Built by Samuel Cooper in 1681, the house is one of the earliest examples of an integral lean-to "half house" consisting of a "low room," "little room," "kitchin," "Chamber," "kitchin Chamber," "Garret," and "Cellar." Other original features include a pilaster chimney and a façade gable.

Shortly after Samuel Cooper's death in 1718, his son Walter extended the house to the west, thus completing the main block of the house and presenting the current symmetrical façade. Succeeding generations undertook various alterations to both the interior and exterior.  Despite the changes made, the early frame and much original material survives intact.

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2015 Schedule
June 6, free admission
August 8
October 3
Tours at noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Registration is required for all tours. Please call 617-994-6669.

$5 adults
$4 seniors
$2.50 students
Free for Historic New England members and Cambridge residents. Become a member.

Location and directions
Cooper-Frost-Austin House
21 Linnaean Street
Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Map and directions

Directions detail: Linnaean Street is located off of Massachusetts Ave., and is accessible via MBTA public transportation.

Parking: On-street parking is located along Linnaean Street for Cambridge non-residents.

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Telephone: 617-994-6669
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