Headquarters House (Boston, Massachusetts)
William H. Prescott House (on left)
|Location||55 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Part of||Beacon Hill Historic District (#66000130)|
|NRHP Reference #||66000765|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||December 29, 1964|
|Designated CP||October 15, 1966|
Headquarters House, also known as William Hickling Prescott House, is an historic house at 55 Beacon Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the left-hand portion of a double townhouse at 54-55 Beacon Street, seen in the photograph.
Built in 1808, the twin units were designed by architect Asher Benjamin. The portion at 55 Beacon Street is named after William Hickling Prescott, a virtually blind historian from a prominent Boston family, who lived there from 1845 to 1859.
55 Beacon Street was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1964. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. William H. Prescott had celebrated novelist William Makepeace Thackeray as a houseguest.
One of the two units (possibly both) is memorialized as a Victorian dollhouse at the Cayuga Art Museum in Auburn, New York.
The house is now a museum operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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- "William Hickling Prescott House". The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
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