Revere House, Bowdoin Square, 19th century

Revere House (1847–1912) was an upscale hotel in 19th-century Boston, Massachusetts, located on Bowdoin Square in the West End.[1] Fire destroyed the building in 1912.[2]

Brief historyEdit

William Washburn designed the hotel building, constructed in 1847 on the former site of the house of Boston merchant Kirk Boott. The hotel was a project of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. The association named their new hotel after Paul Revere, one of the founders of the group.[2]

Notable guestsEdit

Some considered Revere House "Boston's most prestigious hotel. It hosted the likes of writer Charles Dickens, singer Jenny Lind ("The Swedish Nightingale"). ... Famed orator Daniel Webster often used the portico to address crowds at political rallies."[3] Other notable guests: Ulysses S. Grant, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, William Tecumseh Sherman, Walt Whitman,[4] Edward VII, Emperor Pedro II of Brazil, Philip Sheridan, the Iwakura Mission of Japan,[5] and singers Christina Nilsson and Adelina Patti.[2] Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia stayed at the Revere House in December 1871 when he visited Boston as part of his grand tour of the United States.

Ownership and managementEdit

Through the years, owners included Otis Norcross, Frederick W. Lincoln, Uriel Crocker, Nathaniel J. Bradlee.[2] Paran Stevens served as manager for many years. Management companies overseeing hotel operations included Chapin, Gurney & Co.; C.B. Ferrin; and beginning in 1885, J.F. Morrow & Co.[2]



  1. ^ King's hand-book of Boston, 1889
  2. ^ a b c d e "Twelve missing in Boston fire; Blaze Starts in Old Revere House and Spreads to Nearby Buildings", New York Times, p. 1, January 16, 1912
  3. ^ Robert Campbell (May 21, 2006), "From square to bare; once filled with stately homes, Bowdoin Square's modern incarnation is decidedly less impressive", Boston Globe
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  5. ^ "'We welcome you, Lords of the Land of the Sun!' The menu for a banquet in honor of the Iwakura Mission during the Japanese embassy's visit to Boston in 1872". Object of the Month. Massachusetts Historical Society. February 2014. Retrieved May 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ This image may represent a version slightly different from that actually on display at the hotel. Cf. "Life portraits of Daniel Webster", McClure's Magazine, p. 620, 1897

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Coordinates: 42°21′40.23″N 71°3′46.43″W / 42.3611750°N 71.0628972°W / 42.3611750; -71.0628972