Tuesday, October 13, 2009

87 Mount Vernon Street

Beacon Hill is a quiet, exclusive neighbourhood in downtown Boston. In spite of being in the middle of this busy metropolis, the shade and quietness found in these streets combined with the beautiful colonial architecture makes this a place to visit during your stay in Boston. Many of the 18th and 19th century buildings here are inspired by the famous Boston architect Charles Bulfinch, but only a few are designed by him. One of those is 87 Mount Vernon Street.

Charles Bulfinch was born 1763 in Boston, son of Thomas Bulfinch, a prominent physician, and his wife, Susan Apthorp. Educated at Harvard 1784, he went to Europe where he was inspired by masters as Sir Christopher Wren, Robert Adam and William Chambers.

He has left behind a rich architectural legacy through a large number of buildings throughout the East Coast of the US, among them US Capitol, the State Houses in Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts and the University Hall at Harvard.

Number 87 Vernon Street was designed 1805 for Stephen Higginson jr. and bears a strong resemblance to number 85, the Harrison Gray Otis House built in 1800. The same design was used on four other houses in Park Street the same year he designed number 87. They have all been torn down.

Other houses of Beacon Hill

Here stood the residence of John Hancock.....
Acorn Street - the rich men's backyard

More Bulfinch Houses

Fanueil Hall - the Jewel in the Crown

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