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“A pity that it is not a bookstore anymore”
Review of Old Corner Bookstore - CLOSED

Old Corner Bookstore
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Owner description: Once America's most esteemed publisher and bookseller, the Old Corner Bookstore published such renowned authors as Longfellow, Emerson and Hawthorne.
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We saw the building of the former Old Corner Bookstore and from the outside it is still the same building as it was when it was built in 1712, but it is now occupied by a Mexican Grill!! You would not expect this while walking the Freedom Trail, seen the fact that other sites have been functionally well preserved. The Bookstore has a long history. The original building from 1638 burned down in the Great Boston Fire of 1711. The brick building we now see dates from 1712 and was an apothecary for many years. It was used as a bookstore from 1828 and became known when publishing company Ticknor and Fields used the building from 1832 till 1865. Many great authors like Longfellow, Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickens and Holmes had their works published here and Ticknor and Fields became the most important publishers of America. The building stayed a bookstore and was restored in 1960 when it was rescued from demolition by Historic Boston Inc., a non profit preservation organization. After that is was still used as a bookstore by Boston Globe, but became a jewelry store in 2005. Now it is called Chipotle Mexican Grill, where you can grab a bite when you take a break while walking the Freedom Trail.....

Thank tRAVellerOfTheW0rld
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Reviewed 17 December 2013 via mobile

I've seen this building change use many times in last 12 years, but the bricks and mortar remain. Although I would prefer it to return to its heritage as a bookstore, at least the building is being used, and has not fallen into disrepair.

Thank Angela K
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

In February 2013, either before or after the photo of the Old Corner Bookstore was taken that heads off this TripAdvisor entry, this building was a Chipotle Mexican Grill; see my accompanying photo. What a fate for the 18th century home of Ticknor and Fields, the nation's leading book publisher of the time! "Walden", "The Scarlet Letter", and "Hiawatha" were all published here, as was Julia Ward Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Also, the "Atlantic Monthly" was published here for 148 years before moving away from town.

One of Boston's oldest surviving buildings, you can admire this from outside to help satisfy your craving for history. Then you can go inside and satisfy your craving for a gourmet burrito. What a package deal!

1  Thank AnnArborMiBob
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

It pains me to see such a historic icon gone, just gone and now a fast food eatery. Still, there's history to be told. The building was once an apothecary and residence on land owned by William Hutchinson. His wife, Anne was banished from Boston in the 1630's due to her religious belief which were not Puritan (Was she a Quaker?).

In the 19th century it housed Ticknot and Fields, a publishing house. Notables such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe all gathered here. The "Scarlet Letter," and the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," were printed here.

When the bookstore more to larger quarters the building began a decline that lasted into the 1960's and sadly has ended up as a Mexican eatery . . . I'm not really sure where the previous reviewer was but it was not the site of the Old Bookstore!

2  Thank DPD123
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

The open air area caught my attention with people raking through the books - from 1 dollar upward - thought I'd join in. Some interesting books both inside and out a bookworms dream.

1  Thank ianm79
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