William Washburn designed the hotel building, built in 1847 on the former site of the house of Boston merchant Kirk Boott. The hotel was a project of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. The association named their new hotel after Paul Revere, one of the founders of the group.
Some considered Revere House "Boston's most prestigious hotel. It hosted the likes of writer Charles Dickens, singer Jenny Lind ("The Swedish Nightingale"). ... Famed orator Daniel Webster often used the portico to address crowds at political rallies." Other notable guests: Ulysses S. Grant; Millard Fillmore; Franklin Pierce; Andrew Johnson; William Tecumseh Sherman; Edward VII; Emperor Pedro II of Brazil; Philip Sheridan; and singers Christina Nilsson and Adelina Patti.
Ownership and management
Through the years, owners included Otis Norcross, Frederick W. Lincoln, Uriel Crocker, Nathaniel J. Bradlee. Paran Stevens served as manager for many years. Management companies overseeing hotel operations included Chapin, Gurney & Co.; C.B. Ferrin; and beginning in 1885, J.F. Morrow & Co.
Detail of menu from dinner given by Boston City Council, 1848
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- King's hand-book of Boston. 1889.
- Twelve missing in Boston fire; Blaze Starts in Old Revere House and Spreads to Nearby Buildings. New York Times, Jan 16, 1912. p.1.
- Robert Campbell. From square to bare; once filled with stately homes, Bowdoin Square's modern incarnation is decidedly less impressive. Boston Globe. May 21, 2006. p.BGM.20.
- (This image may represent a version slightly different from that actually on display at the hotel. Cf. Life portraits of Daniel Webster. McClure's Magazine, 1897; p.620.
- New York Historical Society. Toothpaste box, "Henry A. Choate/ Druggist/ Under Revere House, Boston," c. 1880-1930