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Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House

Coordinates: 42°31′20″N 71°6′16″W / 42.52222°N 71.10444°W / 42.52222; -71.10444
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Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House
Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House is located in Massachusetts
Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House
Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House is located in the United States
Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House
LocationReading, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°31′20″N 71°6′16″W / 42.52222°N 71.10444°W / 42.52222; -71.10444
Architectural styleGeorgian
MPSReading MRA
NRHP reference No.84002772[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 19, 1984

The Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House is a historic house at 77–83 Ash Street in Reading, Massachusetts. It is a 2+12-story vernacular Georgian house, five bays wide, with entrances on its north and south facades. The southern entry is slightly more elegant, with flanking pilasters and a transom window. The house was built sometime before 1755, and was already a well-known landmark because it was (unusually for the time) painted, and served as a tavern on the coach road. The Tavern served as a meeting place for many revolutionaries and minute men, notably Marquis de Lafayette, and Alexander Hamilton. The house remained in the hands of militia captain Nathaniel Parker and his descendants into the late 19th century. The construction of the Andover Turnpike (now Main Street) in 1806–07, bypassing its location, prompted a decline in the tavern's business.[2][3]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Capt. Nathaniel Parker Red House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  3. ^ Howard, Loea Parker. Parker Tavern: Being an Account of a Most Interesting House Built by Abraham Bryant in 1694, Together with Some Facts About Early Owners, Reading Antiquarian Society, Reading, MA, 1930.