Howe, Samuel Gridley and Julia Ward, House

13 Chestnut St., Boston, Massachusetts


Street View 


While the Howes lived here (1863-66), they were key figures in Boston abolitionist circles, and pursued other reform and humanitarian interests. Samuel Gridley Howe directed the Perkins Institution, formerly the New England Asylum for the Blind. Shortly after moving here, the couple went to Washington, and while staying at an army encampment, Julia composed a poem set to the rolling cadences of "John Brown's Body." It soon lived up to the title she gave it, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 30, 1974

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1974
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1800-1824
Significant years
1804; 1863; 1866

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett