Otis House restoration work begins

Jun 11, 2019

Scaffolding on Otis House
Otis House

With the generous support of grants from the Boston Community Preservation Act and the George B. Henderson Foundation, Historic New England’s Otis House Museum (1796), a National Historic Landmark, is undergoing restoration work on the front of the building.

The project includes the restoration and painting of windows, along with wood repairs. The window openings on the front facade were installed nearly one hundred years ago; the wooden sash is showing evidence of age and wear. Historic New England will restore other exterior wood elements such as the ornamental door surround, the front door, and the cornice.

Passersby on Cambridge Street will notice scaffolding installed on the building’s facade. Historic New England contracted with Window Woman of New England, founded by Alison Hardy, for the window restoration.

Once the facade work is completed in late summer, restoration of the steps, railing, and terrace landscape will begin. The terrace garden will be planted with a new design created by Gregory Lombardi Design. Upon completion, the house and terrace will present a beautiful appearance to Beacon Hill/West End visitors and residents.

Plan your visit

Otis House is open for tours during the restoration project Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with special evening hours on Wednesdays until 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10. Otis House is free for Historic New England members and Boston residents.