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Otis House

Discover where Beacon Hill began Boston, Massachusetts 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...

Otis House guides visit MFA

Museum guides from the Otis House recently took a Friday evening field trip to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The MFA’s new Art of the Americas wing includes several pieces with connections to the Otis family and to Historic New England, including an elaborate c. 1750 needlework...

Designer Steven Favreau reimagines Otis House

Earlier this year, Steven Favreau of Favreau Design and HGTV’s Design Star joined Historic New England’s Ogden Codman Design Group and Design New England on a panel to present how he would reimagine spaces in the 1796 Harrison Gray Otis House. We recently caught up with Favreau to hear...

Student film crew shoots at Otis House

Harvard undergraduates Bri Belser and Will Vankoughnett recently shot footage at Otis House in Boston for an upcoming project focusing on the MBTA Blue Line, which originates at the Wonderland station in Revere and terminates at the Bowdoin stop near Otis House. The 1796 Otis House is the last...

Making Otis House sparkle

Visit Otis House this month to see the Federal-era mansion at its sparkling best. Members of Historic New England’s collection services team recently spent two days completing a deep clean and assessment of Otis House. Conservators cleaned and waxed woodwork, touched up scuffs and scratches on furniture, painted in finish loss...

Chiller removed from Otis House roof

On Saturday, June 12, the old chiller unit was removed from the top of the Otis House roof. This unit, installed in the 1970s, cooled the administrative offices in the rear section of the Otis House. The only way to remove the equipment is by using a crane capable...

Short-term fix for Otis House retaining wall needs your help

The retaining wall at Otis House in Boston is an important artifact of the nineteenth-century development of the city’s West End neighborhood. The wall marked the dividing line between the row houses on Lynde Street and Chambers Street. Today only two of those row houses (part of the Historic...

Celebrate First Night at Otis House

Historic New England staff installed a display of early nineteenth-century dresses, shawls, and an elaborate tea service at the Otis House Museum. The costumes are similar to what Mrs. Sally Foster Otis and her guests would have worn at a festive holiday celebration. See the installation as part of...

Otis House doors and windows undergo extensive conservation

Conservation and repair work have improved the front entrance to the Otis House, the last surviving mansion in what was Boston’s most elite eighteenth-century neighborhood, then called Bowdoin Square. Designed by Charles Bulfinch in 1796 for Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer and mayor of Boston, the Federal-style house requires...

At Otis House, repairs aren’t just another stone in the wall

After much planning and preparation, Historic New England began restoring an early nineteenth-century stone wall at the Otis House Museum in Boston earlier this month. Like the museum itself, the wall is a reminder of a neighborhood that was largely lost to twentieth-century redevelopment. We have yet to find...