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William Hickling Prescott House

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William Hickling Prescott House

55 Beacon Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Due to the Covid -19 pandemic, we regret that Prescott House will be closed to the public for the 2021 Season. We look forward to seeing you in 2022. 

Referred to as a “neighborhood hidden gem” by the Beacon Hill Times, don’t miss the opportunity to tour this beautiful Federal style townhouse overlooking the Boston Common and experience what life was like for an affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800’s. Built by esteemed architect Asher Benjamin in 1808 for merchant James Colburn Smith, this beautifully decorated house sits on land that was once owned by John Singleton Copley, the well-known Colonial portrait painter.  American Historian William Prescott lived there from 1845- 1859 with his family until his death. Descendants of the Prescott’soccupied the house until 1944 when it was purchased by the NSCDA MA to be protected and preserved. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Voted in 2018 as 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

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