William Hickling Prescott House, 1808
55 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Open: 12-4pm, note, tours start 15 minutes past the hour
April & May: Saturdays
June, July & August: Wednesday & Saturday
September* & October: Saturdays
Group information upon request.
Phone: (617) 742-3190
Fax: (617) 722-9702
AboutThis house was designed by Asher Benjamin, a well-known architect of the early republic, and built for James Colburn in 1808. After several owners, one of which was the author William Hickling Prescott, the Massachusetts Society purchased it in 1944 as their headquarters. Upstairs the museum floor contains Prescott’s study, looking much as it did when he used it every day, and a Federal period bedroom.
National Historic Landmark
DirectionsThe house is in the heart of the Beacon Hill Historic District, opposite the Boston Common. It is within walking distance of Arlington and Park Street subway stops.