Headquarters House (Boston, Massachusetts)

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William H. Prescott House (on left)
Headquarters House 55 Beacon Street Boston.jpg
Headquarters House (Boston, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Headquarters House (Boston, Massachusetts)
Location 55 Beacon St., Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′23.6″N 71°4′5.7″W / 42.356556°N 71.068250°W / 42.356556; -71.068250Coordinates: 42°21′23.6″N 71°4′5.7″W / 42.356556°N 71.068250°W / 42.356556; -71.068250
Area less than one acre
Built 1808
Architect Benjamin, Asher
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
Part of Beacon Hill Historic District (#66000130)
NRHP Reference # 66000765[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 29, 1964[2]
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.[3] The portion at 55 Beacon Street is named after William Hickling Prescott, a virtually blind historian from a prominent Boston family,[2] who lived there from 1845 to 1859.[3]

55 Beacon Street was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1964.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.[1] William H. Prescott had celebrated novelist William Makepeace Thackeray as a houseguest.[4]

One of the two units (possibly both) is memorialized as a Victorian dollhouse at the Cayuga Art Museum in Auburn, New York.

The house in a photo published in 1912

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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  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "William H. Prescott House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b "William Hickling Prescott House". The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  4. ^ Shackleton, Robert (1916). "Chapter IV: On the Prim, Decorous Hill". The Book of Boston. Penn Publishing Company. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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