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“Wonderfully told old Boston history”

Harrison Gray Otis House
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Ranked #127 of 383 things to do in Boston
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Owner description: Designed in 1796 and once belonging to a Boston mayor, this historic house is an excellent example of the architecture and life-style of the post-Revolutionary culture.
New York
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511 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Wonderfully told old Boston history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

It was nice to see how a family lived 200 years ago
Much love went into preserving as much of teh original house as possible

Visited July 2013
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McKinney, Texas
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem off the beaten track”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

We chose the Otis House because it was open on a holiday and I find the history of old homes interesting. The first part of the tour was some history of Boston. I was unaware that the peninsula that Boston sits on was once much tinier made larger through landfill. The Otis House is sadly the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square . It was designed by Charles Bulfinch as a starter home for the family. He went on to design two other homes for Harrison Gray Otis each one being larger. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was an enjoyable tour.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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76 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“great history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

Very nice tour of a lovely restoration. You get a nice feel of the lives of the rich in Boston 200+ years ago and of how the city grew and changed since then. Well woth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

Boston is a very historic city and no visit is complete without taking in a historic home. This Federal style mansion was designed by Charles Bulfinch and is the last surviving mansion in Bowdoin Square. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Unlike many other house museums you can actually walk through the various rooms in the house, the rooms are not roped off (just don't touch anything).

Visited February 2013
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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“private tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

I'm a returning member of Historic New England and chose Otis House as my first 2013 visit. I've been to many 18th century restored homes in the Boston area and this early 19th century home was interesting because it represents a nearly vanished neighborhood in Bowdoin Square. The graceful beauty of the interiors contrasted sharply with the thick concrete of 20th century architecture in Government Center. I particularly appreciated the care with which details, such as wallpaper, were restored. Some of the color schemes were unexpected (bright blues and oranges), but Sally Foster Otis had wonderful taste.

This must have been a comfortable home, even with a large number of children and servants. I had to smile when I heard that the family moved to the country -- Watertown (now a suburb of Boston) -- in the summer.

I visited on a mid-January morning and got a private tour -- the docent was wonderful! I look forward to visiting more Historic New England homes this year.

Visited January 2013
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