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Touring the Otis House with the North End Historical Society

(Click on the play button to start the video slideshow above.)

The North End Historical Society recently sponsored a tour of the Otis House Museum at 141 Cambridge Street in the West End. We were treated to a tour of the historic 1796 mansion guided by Historic New England’s Leah Walczak. The house was designed by Charles Bulfinch for attorney, real estate developer, politician, and mayor of Boston, Harrison Gray Otis.

The video slideshow above was made from photos on the rainy night of the Otis House Tour. There was a harp displayed in one of the parlor rooms, so I chose harp music to give a sense of the type of music that might have been played in the house when Otis lived there.

Lorna Condon, the Curator of the Historic New England Library and Archives, also gave an exclusive showing of photographs, advertisements, postcards, architectural drawings, and other bits of ephemera, with an emphasis on the North End. Unfortunately, photographs were not allowed of the archives.

More information on Bulfinch and Otis, and this National Historic Landmark, can be found on the Historic New England website.

One Reply to “Touring the Otis House with the North End Historical Society

  1. I really liked this, Matt. I hope you will do similar stories of other North End places. Maybe the old Seamen's hotel on North Square?

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