Revere, Paul, House

19 North Sq., Boston, Massachusetts

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Paul Revere House

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Description 

Paul Revere--silversmith, pioneer, industrialist and a leading Revolutionary activist--owned this house in North Square from 1770 to 1800. Constructed c. 1678=1680, the building is the sole survivor of Boston's 17th century row houses. The Revere House as originally built, was one unit in a two-story, gable-roofed row. The main part of the house--four bays wide--contained one room on each floor, the second story featured a framed overhang. A two story ell--two bays deep--also had one room on each floor, and a similar overhang. Evidence survives of a sophisticated original interior treatment that included lath and plaster ceilings and painted graining. The Revere House has changed greatly from its original appearance. Alterations continued throughout the 18th and 19th centuries with the last major one being the restoration by Joseph E. Chandler in 1907-1908. The house thus reflects the romanticism of the Colonial Revival period as well as it does the Colonial period itself. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS MA-491)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000785
Areas of significance
Military; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1650-1699; 1800-1824; 1750-1799
Significant years
1680; 1770; 1800

Update Log 

  • January 31, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett

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