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  • 1. Back Bay Mansions

    Back Bay | House/Mansion/Villa

    If you like nothing better than to imagine how the other half lives, you'll suffer no shortage of old homes to sigh over in Boston's Back Bay...Read More

  • 2. Brattle House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    This 18th-century, gambrel-roof Colonial once belonged to the Loyalist William Brattle. He moved to Boston in 1774 to escape the patriots' anger...Read More

  • 3. Dexter Pratt House

    Harvard Square | Educational Institution

    Also known as the "Blacksmith House," this yellow Colonial is now owned by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. The tree itself is long...Read More

  • 4. Ebenezer Clough House

    North End | House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1712, this house is now the only local survivor of its era aside from Old North Church, which stands nearby. Picture the streets lined...Read More

  • 5. Elmwood

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Shortly after its construction in 1767, this three-story Georgian house was abandoned by its owner, colonial governor Thomas Oliver. Elmwood...Read More

  • 6. Gibson House

    Back Bay | House/Mansion/Villa

    Through the foresight of an eccentric bon vivant, this house provides an authentic glimpse into daily life in Boston's Victorian era. One of...Read More

  • 7. Harrison Gray Otis House

    Beacon Hill | House/Mansion/Villa

    Harrison Gray Otis, a U.S. senator, Boston's third mayor, and one of the Mt. Vernon Proprietors (a group of prosperous Boston investors), built...Read More

  • 8. Harrison Gray Otis House

    Old West End | House/Mansion/Villa

    If the name sounds familiar, it's because a Beacon Hill home bears the same name. This is the first of three houses built for Harrison Gray...Read More

  • 9. Henry Vassall House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Brattle Street's seven houses known as "Tory Row" were once occupied by wealthy families linked by friendship, if not blood. This one may have...Read More

  • 10. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Now headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society, this is one of two Tory-era homes on Brattle Street fully open to the public. The Emerson...Read More

  • 11. Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poet whose stirring tales of the Village Blacksmith, Evangeline, Hiawatha, and Paul Revere's midnight ride thrilled...Read More

  • 12. Nichols House

    Beacon Hill | House/Mansion/Villa

    The only Mt. Vernon Street home open to the public, the Nichols House was built in 1804 and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch. It became the...Read More

  • 13. Paul Revere House

    North End | House/Mansion/Villa

    Originally on the site was the parsonage of the Second Church of Boston, home to the Rev. Increase Mather, the Second Church's minister. Mather...Read More

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  • 14. Pierce-Hichborn House

    North End | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the city's oldest brick buildings, this structure, just to the left of the Paul Revere House, was once owned by Nathaniel Hichborn, a...Read More

  • 15. Wadsworth House

    Harvard Square | House/Mansion/Villa

    On the Harvard University side of Harvard Square stands the Wadsworth House, a yellow clapboard structure built in 1726 as a home for Harvard...Read More

  • 16. William Hickling Prescott House

    Beacon Hill | House/Mansion/Villa

    Now a modest but engaging house museum, this 1808 Federal structure was designed by Asher Benjamin, and was the home of noted historian William...Read More

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