Museum of African American History
Beacon Hill was never the exclusive domain of blue-blood Brahmins. In the 19th century, freed African Americans settled on the back side...
Massachusetts State House
High atop Beacon Hill, Massachusetts’ leaders and legislators attempt to turn their ideas into concrete policies and practices within...
West End Johnnies
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Tucked into a basement on the back side of Beacon Hill, this cozy, cavelike place lives up to its name. The funky decor – exposed brick...
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Otis House information
This stern, Federal brick building was the first of three houses designed by Charles Bulfinch for Mr Harrison Gray Otis at the end of the 18th century. These days it is the headquarters of Historic New England, a preservation society that has recreated the interior of Otis’ day, complete with flashy wallpaper and exquisite period furnishings.
A real-estate developer, congressman and mayor of Boston, Otis and his wife Sally were renowned entertainers who hosted many lavish parties here. Since then the house has had quite a history, serving as a women’s bath and rooming house.