|Location||11 North Square, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival|
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|Added to NRHP||November 12, 1999|
It was built in 1847 by the Boston Port Society and operated as a boarding house for sailors by the Boston Seaman's Aid Society and the Port Society's chaplain, Father Taylor. Today it maintains the role of an inexpensive hotel for merchant mariners on active duty. It offers short term accommodations (maximum stay 13 days) starting at $65 including breakfast to guests who can prove that they are actively working in the merchant marine.
The building was described in the 1850s:
"This is a noble edifice of 4 stories, erected by the Boston Port Society, and leased to the Seamans' Aid Society : it contains 40 rooms over the basement story : the building is 40 feet square, with a wing extending 70 feet of three stories; in the basement is a storage room for seamens' luggage, kitchen; laundry and bathing room: in the wing, is a spacious dining hall for seating an hundred persons ': it has a chapel for morning and evening services arid where social, religious meetings are held every Wednesday evening under the care of Rev. E. T. Taylor : a reading and news room, with a good library to which accessions are daily making; and a store for the sale of sailors' clothing: the building and land cost about $38,000, and it has been furnished at a cost of about $21,000, by the generous contributions of the Unitarian Churches of Boston and vicinity; a good supply of water is on the estate, and two force pumps supply each of the stories with hot or cold water, as required."
- "Seamen's Aid Society." Dearborn's Reminiscences of Boston. Boston: N. Dearborn, 1851