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189 Massachusetts National Historic Landmarks


African Meeting House (Boston) - 9/4/1999
Built in 1806, it is now the oldest black church edifice still standing in the U.S.
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Arthur D. Little Inc. Building (Boston) - 4/25/2016
Constructed in 1917 for the first business to be established as a consulting laboratory in the nation.
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Asa Gray House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Notable as the residence of several Harvard College luminaries, including the leading botanist who published the first complete work on American flora.
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Beacon Hill Historic District (Boston)- 4/24/2016
Named for the location of a former beacon atop the highest point in the city, it is a neighborhood of Federal-style row houses known for its narrow, gaslit streets and brick sidewalks.
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Boston Athenaeum (Boston) - 4/24/2016
One of the oldest independent libraries in the U. S.
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Boston Common (Boston) - 4/24/2016
50 acres comprising the oldest city park in the U.S.
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Bunker Hill Monument (Boston) - 7/8/1989
Built with granite from Quincy to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, the 221 foot obelisk was erected between 1827 and 1843 in Charlestown.
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Charles Sumner House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Notable as the home of the outspoken and aggressive political opponent of slavery.
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Chester Harding House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
The four-story town house built in the Federal architectural style is known for being the home of the noted portraitist.
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Christ Church (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Built in 1760-61, it is one of the few buildings unambiguously attributable to Peter Harrison, the first formally trained architect to work in the British colonies.
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David Sears House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
One of the first houses built of granite in the city, and designed for the prominent merchant, philanthropist, and landowner.
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Faneuil Hall (Boston) - 4/24/2016
A marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743, it was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain.
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First Harrison Gray Otis House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Built in 1795, designed by Charles Bulfinch, and notable as one of the earliest three-story brick houses that came to represent the Federal style of architecture.
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Francis Parkman House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
One of a series of fine brick townhouses on Beacon Hill, significant for the ownership and occupancy by the noted historian and horticulturalist.
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Frederick Law Olmsted House (Brookline) - 9/5/1999
Known as “Fairsted” it is the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design by the “founder of American landscape architecture”.
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George D. Birkhoff House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Notable for its association with the Harvard University Professor, one of the most important mathematicians of his time.
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House of the Seven Gables Historic District (Salem) - 8/23/1996
The district includes the 1668 Colonial mansion built for Capt. John Turner and eight other buildings.
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John Adams Birthplace (Quincy) - 9/3/1999
The saltbox home in which the President was born on October 30, 1735, only a few feet away from the birthplace of his son John Quincy.
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John F. Kennedy Birthplace (Brookline) - 9/4/1999
The birthplace and childhood home of the future President.
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John Quincy Adams Birthplace (Quincy) - 9/3/1999
The saltbox home in which the President was born in 1767, only a few feet away from the birthplace of his father John.
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King’s Chapel (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Formerly called "Stone Chapel", this 1754 structure of architectural significance is one of the finest designs of the noted colonial architect Peter Harrison.
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Long Wharf and Customhouse Block (Boston) - 9/3/1999
Both were part of "the busiest pier in the busiest port in America during early colonial times”.
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Longfellow House (Cambridge) - 8/22/1996
The home, built in 1759, of noted American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who owned it starting in 1843.
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Margaret Fuller House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
The birthplace and childhood home of the American transcendentalist.
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Maria Baldwin House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Notable as the home of the educator when she served as the first female African-American principal in a Massachusetts school.
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Mary Fisk Stoughton House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Designed in 1882 by Henry Hobson Richardson in what is now called the Shingle Style, and was a significant influence in the growth in popularity of that style in the late 19th century.
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Massachusetts Hall, Harvard University (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
The oldest surviving building at Harvard College, the first institution of higher learning in the British colonies in America, and second oldest academic building in the U. S.
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Massachusetts Statehouse (Boston) - 4/24/2016
A masterpiece of Federal architecture, it is the state capitol and seat of government for the Commonwealth.
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Memorial Hall, Harvard University (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
An imposing High Victorian Gothic building honoring the sacrifices made by Harvard men in defense of the Union during the Civil War.
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Nathan Appleton Residence (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Associated with the revolutionary textile manufacturer, and as the site in 1843 of the wedding of his daughter Frances and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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New Bedford Historic District (New Bedford) - 7/4/1999
The center of the American whaling industry.
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Old City Hall (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Home to Boston’s city council from 1865 to 1969, it was one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire style to be built in the U. S.
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Old North Church (Boston) - 7/8/1989
The location from which the famous "One if by land, and two if by sea" signal is said to have been sent and the oldest active church building in Boston.
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Old South Meeting House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
A historic church that gained fame as the organizing point for the 1773 Boston Tea Party.
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Old State House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the U. S.
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Old West Church (Boston)- 4/24/2016
Built in 1806 to designs by architect Asher Benjamin, it is a monumentally-scaled example of ecclesiastical Federal architecture.
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Oliver Hastings House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
The home of the local builder and noted as an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture.
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Paul Revere House (Boston) - 7/8/1989
The colonial home of the patriot during the time of the Revolution.
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Peabody Museum of Salem (Salem) - 8/23/1996
Originated in the mid-19th century as the Peabody Academy of Science, in 1992 the museum merged with the Essex Institute to form the Peabody Essex Museum.
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Percy Bridgman House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
The home of the physicist, Nobel Prize winner, and Harvard University professor.
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Pierce-Hichborn House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
A 1711 early Georgian house and one of the earliest surviving brick structures in Boston.
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Quincy Market (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Built in 1824 it is one of the largest market complexes built in the U. S. in the first half of the 19th century.
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Reginald A. Daly House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Notable for its association with the eminent geologist, Penrose Medal winner, and Harvard University professor.
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Samuel Gridley and Julia Ward Howe House (Boston)- 4/24/2016
A historic rowhouse in the Beacon Hill neighborhood associated with the social reform couple.
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Saugus Iron Works (Saugus) - 9/9/1995
The 1646 site of the first integrated ironworks in North America.
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Sever Hall, Harvard University (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Designed as an academic building with classrooms, lecture halls, rooms for professors, etc., in a style now known as Richardsonian Romanesque.
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Springfield Armory (Springfield) - 8/16/1996
Starting in 1777, the primary center for the manufacture of U.S. military firearms and featuring one of the world's largest collections of historic firearms.
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St. Paul's Church (Episcopal) (Boston) - 4/24/2016
The first Greek Revival church in New England.
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Theodore W. Richards House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
The home until his death of the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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Tremont Street Subway (Boston) - 4/24/2016
The oldest subway tunnel in North America and the third oldest system worldwide to exclusively use electric traction.
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Union Oyster House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Open to diners since 1826, is amongst the oldest continuously operating restaurants in the U. S.
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United First Parish Church (Unitarian) Of Quincy - 9/3/1999
A Unitarian Universalist congregation, established as the parish church of Quincy in 1639, with Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams interred in crypts beneath it.
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University Hall, Harvard University (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Designed by the great early American architect Charles Bulfinch, it originally contained the College Commons, a library and philosophical apparatus, and a chapel.
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USS Constitution (Frigate) (Boston) - 7/8/1989
Also known as “Old Ironsides”, she is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate and the world's oldest floating commissioned naval vessel.
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Walden Pond (Concord) - 9/5/1999
A kettle hole formed by retreating glaciers 10,000–12,000 years ago and best known as the home of writer, transcendentalist, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau.
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William C. Nell House (Boston) - 4/24/2016
A boarding home located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, typical of homes built before 1803 and of many of the African Americans who lived in the city at that time.
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William H. Prescott House (Headquarters House) (Boston) - 4/24/2016
Named for the nearly blind historian from a prominent Boston family, who lived there from 1845 to 1859.
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William Morris Davis House (Cambridge) - 4/25/2016
Notable as the home of the professor of geology at Harvard University, an influential figure in the development of meteorology and geomorphology as scientific disciplines.
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