Treadwell-Sparks House

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Treadwell-Sparks House
Treadwell-Sparks House in Cambridge MA.jpg
Treadwell-Sparks House is located in Massachusetts
Treadwell-Sparks House
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′36″N 71°6′56″W / 42.37667°N 71.11556°W / 42.37667; -71.11556Coordinates: 42°22′36″N 71°6′56″W / 42.37667°N 71.11556°W / 42.37667; -71.11556
Built 1838
Architect William Saunders
Architectural style Early Republic, Greek Revival, Other
Governing body Private
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP September 12, 1986

The Treadwell-Sparks House is an historic house at 21 Kirkland Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts owned by Harvard University.


The house was built on Quincy Street in 1838 by housewright William Saunders for Harvard Professor Daniel Treadwell. Later, from 1849 to 1853, it was home of Harvard's 18th president, the historian Jared Sparks.

The House was purchased by the New Church Theological School and served as the New England training center for Swedenborgian ministers. In 1901 Langford Warren, architect and member of the General Convention of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian), designed and oversaw the construction of a chapel. In the 1960s, when the building was sold back to Harvard and the New Church Theological School moved to Newton, MA.[2]

Modern history[edit]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

The structure was moved in 1968 from its original site at 48 Quincy Street to its current location at 21 Kirkland Street in order to make room for the construction of Gund Hall.[3]

In addition to the residents noted above, it had served as the private residence of Harvard University's Pusey Minister of Memorial Church and Harvard Divinity School's Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Reverend Peter J. Gomes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ From Harvard's Graduate School of Design report on the Church of the New Jerusalem (the chapel built in 1901 for the school)
  3. ^ Bunting, Bainbridge (edited by Margaret Henderson Floyd). Harvard: An Architectural History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998: 240. ISBN 0674372913

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