Oliver Wendell Holmes House

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Oliver Wendell Holmes House in Beverly
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. House in 2012
Oliver Wendell Holmes House is located in Massachusetts
Oliver Wendell Holmes House
Oliver Wendell Holmes House is located in the US
Oliver Wendell Holmes House
Location Beverly, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°33′52″N 70°48′23″W / 42.56444°N 70.80639°W / 42.56444; -70.80639Coordinates: 42°33′52″N 70°48′23″W / 42.56444°N 70.80639°W / 42.56444; -70.80639
Built 1909
Architect Marshall, Asa Obear
Architectural style Late Victorian
NRHP Reference #


Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 28, 1972
Designated NHL November 28, 1972[2]

The Oliver Wendell Holmes House is a historic house at 868 Hale Street in the Beverly Farms section of Beverly, Massachusetts. Built c. 1880, this modest Victorian wood-frame house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972, as the only surviving structure associated with the life of Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935), whose summer home it was from 1909 until his death.

Description and history[edit]

The Holmes House is a 2-1/2 wood frame structure, with a steeply-pitched gable roof, and three brick chimneys. Its exterior is sheathed in wooden clapboards, with shingles in the front-facing gable end and on the sides of a shed-roof dormer. The house is roughly T-shaped, with a porch that originally wrapped around two sides, but has since been partly enclosed. The rear of the house is a full-height service ell, and a carriage house stands behind the main house. A gravel drive leads from the street, around the north side of the house, to the carriage house.[3]

The house was built between 1875 and 1880 by Asa Obear Marshall, and was sold by his widow to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. in 1909. The Holmeses divided their time between this house and a residence in Washington, D.C., generally staying here between June and October. While here, Holmes would continue to work on cases, and would entertain legal and political luminaries, including Louis Brandeis, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Albert Beveridge. It was here that he was introduced to Harold Laski, a British politician and economist with whom he maintained a long correspondence.[3]

After Holmes' death in 1935, the house was sold and its contents dispersed.[3] It remains in private hands.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NHL summary description for Oliver Wendell Holmes House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "NHL nomination for Oliver Wendell Holmes House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-16.