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Otis House

Boston, Massachusetts


A National Historic Landmark

Otis House

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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.

Visit Otis House

Friday – Sunday, December – February
Wednesday – Sunday, March – November
11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tours every half hour. Last tour at 4:30 p.m.

$10 adults
$9 seniors
$5 students
Free for Historic New England members and Boston residents. Become a member.

141 Cambridge Street
Boston, Mass. 02114

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Directions: Otis House is at the foot of Beacon Hill, next to the Old West Church. The entrance is on Lynde Street.

Parking: There is limited street parking. Nearby parking lots include Charles River Plaza, Boston Common Garage, and Government Center Garage.

Public transportation: Short walk from MBTA stations: Charles Street/MGH, Bowdoin (closed weekends), Government Center, and North Station. 

Contact Otis House

Call 617-994-5920
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Collections on Display
Group Tours
School and Youth Programs
Library and Archives
Frequently Asked Questions
Upcoming Events
Harrison Gray Otis Professional Papers

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