William Hickling Prescott House

William  Hickling Prescott House 1808 Beacon Hill Federal townhouse. An historic property owned and operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America Massachusetts Chapter.
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⏰ WAKE UP if you haven’t been to Prescott House yet!  Come for docent led house tour of this Beacon Hill gem located...
05/14/2019

⏰ WAKE UP if you haven’t been to Prescott House yet!
Come for docent led house tour of this Beacon Hill gem located at 55 Beacon Street. Open Saturday's through October 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star museum, active military and their families admitted free of charge. NSCDAMA.org

🦉Who Whoo will be touring a beautiful mansion this Saturday on the Boston Common?  Come for docent led house tour of ...
05/08/2019

🦉Who Whoo will be touring a beautiful mansion this Saturday on the Boston Common? Come for docent led house tour of this Beacon Hill gem located at 55 Beacon Street. Open Saturday's through October 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star museum, active military and their families admitted free of charge. NSCDAMA.org
Thanks to Linzee Obregon Prescott for artwork.

🎂 I’d be 223 today!  Step out of the rain and tour our beautiful townhouse at 55 Beacon Street, Boston. 12-4, tours...
05/04/2019

🎂 I’d be 223 today! Step out of the rain and tour our beautiful townhouse at 55 Beacon Street, Boston. 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour. Cheers! 🥂 (open Saturday’s)

🎂 It may be 223 years later, but, come celebrate William Hickling Prescott’s Birthday tomorrow by visiting his hous...
05/03/2019

🎂 It may be 223 years later, but, come celebrate William Hickling Prescott’s Birthday tomorrow by visiting his house at 55 Beacon Street! 🎉
Docent led tours 12-4 pm, tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission $8, senior citizens $6 and children under 12 free.
We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and families admitted free.
Thank you Linzee Obregon Prescott for your graphics for your fourth great grandfather 💗 And, GREAT he was 😊.

William  Hickling Prescott House
04/30/2019

William Hickling Prescott House

Something’s BRUIN at Prescott House this Saturday. Come for a docent led tour of this federal mansion located at 55 Be...
04/30/2019

Something’s BRUIN at Prescott House this Saturday. Come for a docent led tour of this federal mansion located at 55 Beacon Street directly across from the Boston Common. Open 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour. And, Go Bruins! 💛🖤

We are only steps away at 55 Beacon Street! Tours Saturdays 12-4.
04/25/2019

We are only steps away at 55 Beacon Street! Tours Saturdays 12-4.

Spring swan scene 🌸 🦢 🌺 🐰 Photo by @amyhoro selected by the kids of The Boston Globe

MEET SOME OF OUR BEACON HILL NEIGHBORS   This Saturday take a self-guided walking tour of Beacon Hill, and be sure to st...
04/24/2019

MEET SOME OF OUR BEACON HILL NEIGHBORS
This Saturday take a self-guided walking tour of Beacon Hill, and be sure to stop by The William Hickling Prescott House at 55 Beacon Street for a docent led tour of one of Beacon Hill's finest Federal era Mansions.

Tours start 12:15. 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15.

Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and children under 12 are free. Prescott House is a Blue Star museum and active military and their families are admitted for free.
A Walking Tour of Beacon Hill by Doug Gelbert (click below)
http://www.douggelbert.com/boston-beacon-hill

More about the William Hickling Prescott House:

Referred to as a "neighborhood hidden gem" by the Beacon Hill Times, don't miss this opportunity to tour this beautiful mansion across from the Boston Common and experience what life was like for an affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800's. Voted in 2018, one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed and one of the Seven Boston house museums to visit by Boston Magazine, the William Hickling Prescott House, at 55 Beacon Street, and the adjoining home at 54 Beacon Street, were built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. These Federal period twin houses overlook Boston Common. The land was once owned by John Singleton Copley, America's most accomplished colonial portrait painter.

These 5 1/2 story brick town houses were designed by the esteemed American architect Asher Benjamin and are highlighted by two bow-fronts. Gracious geometric forms such as these accentuate the rhythm of the exterior design as well as create beautiful oval interior spaces. The building's Federal style features include a ground floor colonnade with delicate fluted Doric columns, elliptical fan lighted entrances with flanking side lights, colossal pilasters, elaborate iron balconies, and an ornamental balustrade over the cornice. It's no wonder Boston Magazine listed the Prescott House as number 33 on their list of 100 Best Buildings in Boston.

The American historian, William Hickling Prescott, lived at number 55 Beacon Street from 1845-1859. Prescott was one of the first English-speaking historians to write about the Spanish Empire. His books included histories of the Spanish monarchs and the conquests of Mexico and Peru. Some have been translated into several languages and remain in print today. Prescott made major renovations to the house. He built a rear addition, which included his extensive library on the second floor, and a third floor study, now faithfully restored, where he wrote his History of the Conquest of Peru and Philip II.

After Prescott died in 1859, his widow continued to live in the house until her death in 1869, when it was purchased by her nephew, Franklin Gordon Dexter. The Dexter family replaced the original spiral staircase with the present colonial revival staircase which emphasizes the vast expanse of space between the first and second floor. In 1944, seventy-five years ago, the house was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

The house is rich with character and filled with extensive collections of furniture and decorative arts which have been generously donated by the NSCDA MA. Chinese export porcelain and English ceramics are permanently on view. Remarkable portraits are on display including a portrait of past Prescott house residents who are talked about during the tour. The house comes back to life before your eyes as you gaze up at these magnificent portraits. Also, not to be missed is a rare and an original to house recently restored Tomkison square piano in the parlor.

There is a costume collection, dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries, which includes dresses, fans, shoes, parasols and children's clothing, selections of which are on continuous display. The full collection is available to researchers by appointment.

Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA a 126-year non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, supporting veteran’s programs, promoting patriotism and educating the public about early US history.

“THE EASTER BONNET HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNIZED AS WOMEN'S PARTICULAR WEAKNESS" Quote from The Illustrated American, 1886....
04/18/2019

“THE EASTER BONNET HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNIZED AS WOMEN'S PARTICULAR WEAKNESS"
Quote from The Illustrated American, 1886.

Please join us for a docent led tour of this magnificent Beacon Hill mansion this Saturday between 12-4 pm. Come see why the Beacon Hill Times calls us a "neighborhood hidden gem". Tours start 15 past the hour.

More about Easter Bonnets of the Late 19th Century:
https://www.mimimatthews.com/2017/04/10/easter-bonnets-of-the-late-19th-century/

More about the William Hickling Prescott House:

Referred to as a "neighborhood hidden gem" by the Beacon Hill Times, don't miss this opportunity to tour this beautiful mansion across from the Boston Common and experience what life was like for an affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800's. Voted in 2018, one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed and one of the Seven Boston house museums to visit by Boston Magazine, the William Hickling Prescott House, at 55 Beacon Street, and the adjoining home at 54 Beacon Street, were built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. These Federal period twin houses overlook Boston Common. The land was once owned by John Singleton Copley, America's most accomplished colonial portrait painter.

These 5 1/2 story brick town houses were designed by the esteemed American architect Asher Benjamin and are highlighted by two bow-fronts. Gracious geometric forms such as these accentuate the rhythm of the exterior design as well as create beautiful oval interior spaces. The building's Federal style features include a ground floor colonnade with delicate fluted Doric columns, elliptical fan lighted entrances with flanking side lights, colossal pilasters, elaborate iron balconies, and an ornamental balustrade over the cornice. It's no wonder Boston Magazine listed the Prescott House as number 33 on their list of 100 Best Buildings in Boston.

The American historian, William Hickling Prescott, lived at number 55 Beacon Street from 1845-1859. Prescott was one of the first English-speaking historians to write about the Spanish Empire. His books included histories of the Spanish monarchs and the conquests of Mexico and Peru. Some have been translated into several languages and remain in print today. Prescott made major renovations to the house. He built a rear addition, which included his extensive library on the second floor, and a third floor study, now faithfully restored, where he wrote his History of the Conquest of Peru and Philip II.

After Prescott died in 1859, his widow continued to live in the house until her death in 1869, when it was purchased by her nephew, Franklin Gordon Dexter. The Dexter family replaced the original spiral staircase with the present colonial revival staircase which emphasizes the vast expanse of space between the first and second floor. In 1944, seventy five years ago, the house was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

The house is rich with character and filled with extensive collections of furniture and decorative arts which have been generously donated by the NSCDA MA. Chinese export porcelain and English ceramics are permanently on view. Remarkable portraits are on display including a portrait of past Prescott house residents who are talked about during the tour. The house comes back to life before your eyes as you gaze up at these magnificent portraits. Also, not to be missed is a rare and an original to house recently restored Tomkison square piano in the parlor.

There is a costume collection, dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries, which includes dresses, fans, shoes, parasols and children's clothing, selections of which are on continuous display. The full collection is available to researchers by appointment.

Docent led tours start 12:15. 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15.
Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and children under 12 are free. Prescott House is a Blue Star museum and active military and their families are admitted for free.

Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA a 126 year non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, supporting veterans programs, promoting patriotism and educating the public about early US history.

Just a few hops away from the ducklings is the William Hickling Prescott house at 55 Beacon Street. For an Easter treat,...
04/17/2019

Just a few hops away from the ducklings is the William Hickling Prescott house at 55 Beacon Street. For an Easter treat, come for a docent led tour of this magnificent Beacon Hill mansion this Saturday between 12-4 pm. Come see why the Beacon Hill Times calls us a "neighborhood hidden gem". Tours start 15 past the hour.

04/09/2019
Shireen

Shireen

Really looking forward to touring the William Hickling Prescott House this coming Saturday!!!

💥💥💥 3 Days Until Opening at William Hickling Prescott House! This Saturday 12-4, 55 Beacon Street, Boston. Doce...
04/09/2019

💥💥💥 3 Days Until Opening at William Hickling Prescott House! This Saturday 12-4, 55 Beacon Street, Boston. Docent led tours of this Federal era Beacon Hill mansion across from Boston Common start 15 past hour. Hope to see you! 🌷

A DOUBLE HEADER OPENING DAY! ⚾️The William Hickling Prescott House & the Swan Boats of Boston are both opening for t...
03/31/2019

A DOUBLE HEADER OPENING DAY! ⚾️

The William Hickling Prescott House & the Swan Boats of Boston are both opening for the season on Saturday, April 13th.

Uncovered and ready for a fresh coat of paint. Three weeks from Saturday is opening!

OPENING DAY - Saturday, April 13th for 2019 seasonWe can't wait to see you! Open Saturdays through October 12-4, tours s...
03/30/2019

OPENING DAY - Saturday, April 13th for 2019 season

We can't wait to see you! Open Saturdays through October 12-4, tours start 15 past hour.

More:

Referred to as a "neighborhood hidden gem" by the Beacon Hill Times, don't miss this opportunity to tour this beautiful mansion across from the Boston Common and experience what life was like for an affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800's. Voted in 2018, one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed and one of the Seven Boston house museums to visit by Boston Magazine, the William Hickling Prescott House, at 55 Beacon Street, and the adjoining home at 54 Beacon Street, were built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. These Federal period twin houses overlook Boston Common. The land was once owned by John Singleton Copley, America's most accomplished colonial portrait painter.

These 5 1/2 story brick town houses were designed by the esteemed American architect Asher Benjamin and are highlighted by two bow-fronts. Gracious geometric forms such as these accentuate the rhythm of the exterior design as well as create beautiful oval interior spaces. The building's Federal style features include a ground floor colonnade with delicate fluted Doric columns, elliptical fan lighted entrances with flanking side lights, colossal pilasters, elaborate iron balconies, and an ornamental balustrade over the cornice. It's no wonder Boston Magazine listed the Prescott House as number 33 on their list of 100 Best Buildings in Boston.

The American historian, William Hickling Prescott, lived at number 55 Beacon Street from 1845-1859. Prescott was one of the first English-speaking historians to write about the Spanish Empire. His books included histories of the Spanish monarchs and the conquests of Mexico and Peru. Some have been translated into several languages and remain in print today. Prescott made major renovations to the house. He built a rear addition, which included his extensive library on the second floor, and a third floor study, now faithfully restored, where he wrote his History of the Conquest of Peru and Philip II.

After Prescott died in 1859, his widow continued to live in the house until her death in 1869, when it was purchased by her nephew, Franklin Gordon Dexter. The Dexter family replaced the original spiral staircase with the present colonial revival staircase which emphasizes the vast expanse of space between the first and second floor. In 1944, seventy five years ago, the house was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

The house is rich with character and filled with extensive collections of furniture and decorative arts which have been generously donated by the NSCDA MA. Chinese export porcelain and English ceramics are permanently on view. Remarkable portraits are on display including a portrait of past Prescott house residents who are talked about during the tour. The house comes back to life before your eyes as you gaze up at these magnificent portraits. Also, not to be missed is a rare and an original to house recently restored Tomkison square piano in the parlor.

There is a costume collection, dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries, which includes dresses, fans, shoes, parasols and children's clothing, selections of which are on continuous display. The full collection is available to researchers by appointment.

Docent led tours start 12:15. 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15.
Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and children under 12 are free. Prescott House is a Blue Star museum and active military and their families are admitted for free.

Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA a 126 year non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, supporting veterans programs, promoting patriotism and educating the public about early US history.

Gore Place
03/09/2019

Gore Place

It's #InternationalWomensDay!

Gore Place is what it is today thanks to Rebecca Gore and Mrs. Helen Patterson.

In 1793, the Gores used her dowry to buy land in Waltham.

In 1799, Rebecca started working with Parisian architect LeGrand to design the current Gore Place modeled after English country homes.

In 1935, Gore Place was purchased by a group of 16 people who agreed to form an association with the intent of forming a corporation to “acquire, preserve, restore and maintain the Governor Gore Mansion and grounds in Waltham and Watertown in this Commonwealth.”

Helen Patterson was the first director of Gore Place and many of the objects in the collection today were gifted by her.

(Helen Patterson is pictured on the right in the black and white photo).

Address

55 Beacon St
Boston, MA
02108-3531

Park Street T stop

General information

Open Saturdays through October 12-4, tours start 15 past hour.

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(617) 742-3190

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