A National Historic Landmark
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
Wednesday – Sunday, March – November
Friday – Sunday, December – February
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours every half hour. Last tour at 4:30 p.m.
Closed most major holidays. Open July 4.
Free for Historic New England members and Boston residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
141 Cambridge Street
Boston, Mass. 02114
Directions detail: 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 Square (closed weekends), Government Center, and North Station. Note: Beginning March 22, 2014, the Government Center Station will be closed for two years. For complete announcement details visit the MBTA website.
Contact Otis House
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More about Otis House
Collections on Display
School and Youth Programs
Library and Archives
Everyone's History Project: Beacon Hill in the Twentieth Century
Frequently Asked Questions
Harrison Gray Otis Professional Papers