The Otis House is the last surviving mansion in what was Boston’s most elite eighteenth-century neighborhood. Charles Bulfinch designed the house for Harrison Gray Otis. Otis was a lawyer who made a fortune developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston.
Visitors learn about the upper-class Otis family, life in the Federal era, and the later history of the house, when it served as a clinic and boardinghouse. The restoration of the Otis House and its brilliantly colored wallpapers, carpeting, and high-style furnishings, is based on meticulous historical and scientific research.
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