Charles Williams Jr. House

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Charles Williams Jr.
SomervilleMA CharlesWilliamsJrHouse.jpg
Charles Williams Jr. House is located in Massachusetts
Charles Williams Jr. House
Charles Williams Jr. House is located in the US
Charles Williams Jr. House
Location Somerville, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′9″N 71°4′55″W / 42.38583°N 71.08194°W / 42.38583; -71.08194Coordinates: 42°23′9″N 71°4′55″W / 42.38583°N 71.08194°W / 42.38583; -71.08194
Built 1858
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Somerville MPS
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP September 18, 1989

The Charles Williams Jr. House, built in 1858, is a historic house at 1 Arlington Street in Somerville, Massachusetts. Charles Williams Jr. was a manufacturer of electrical telegraph instruments at 109 Court Street in Boston. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson experimented with the telephone in Williams' shop, and it was there that they first heard indistinct sounds transmitted on June 2, 1875. The first permanent residential telephone service in the world was installed at this house in 1877, connecting Williams' home with his shop on Court Street in Boston.[2] Williams had telephone Numbers 1 and 2 of the Bell Telephone Company.

The identifying sign on the face of the Charles Williams Jr. House

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  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". National Register of Historic Places. 
  2. ^ John Lossing, Woodrow Wilson. Harpers' Encyclopædia Of United States From 458 A.D. To 1905, Harper & Brothers, 1905. Original from Pennsylvania State University, Digitized: June 25, 2009.