Community Preservation Act supports exterior work at Otis House

Apr 20, 2021

Thanks to a grant from the City of Boston Community Preservation Act Fund, Historic New England is restoring the exterior of Otis House (1796) in Boston.

This project is one component of a larger plan to protect the entire historic building complex from water penetration, including window conservation, masonry repair, roofing, and insulation. Although Historic New England has completed a lot of exterior work at Otis House over the past fourteen years, significant elements still require attention.

Otis House  brick exterior
Otis House

This phase of the project focuses on the conservation and repair of the visitor auditorium entry in the public courtyard and the wood windows that overlook the courtyard and those adjacent to the rear stair tower. Many of the sashes, lintels, wood casings, and wood sills require either repair or full replacement. The auditorium entry door within the courtyard also requires some exterior wood repairs and a replacement lintel.

Protecting Otis House for the past fourteen years

This project also received funding from

How you can help

We are still raising funds to complete this project. You can help by making a donation. Just make a note on the form to indicate that your gift is for the Otis House Restoration Project. Your support helps.

About the Community Preservation Act

This year, Boston’s Community Preservation Committee recommended funding for sixty-seven new projects that create or preserve affordable housing, historic sites, or open spaces. Boston residents voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act in 2016. Today, more than $92 million has been awarded to support 198 projects throughout the city.