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Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, Suffolk County, MA



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Item Title


Location
19 North Square, Boston, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MA-491
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-346).
Building/structure dates: 1678 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1907 subsequent work
National Register Number: 66000785
Significance: 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.

Subjects
Row Houses
Historic House Museums
War (Revolutionary War)


Related Names
Revere, Paul
Chandler, Joseph Everett
Darlow, Peter, Field Team
Branzette, Frank O., Photographer
Hochuli, Laura L., Delineator
Ditomaso, John, Delineator
Smalling, Walter, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Frank O. Branzetti, Photographer Feb. 11, 1941 (a) EXT.- FRONT, LOOKING NORTH


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