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Parker House


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  • Travel Genus: Lodging , Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Lodging category: Upscale Lodging

This is an immense hotel, With all manner of white marble public Passages and public rooms. I live in a corner, high up, and have a hot and cold bath in the bedroom (connecting with the sitting room) and comforts not in existence when I was here before. The cost of living is enormous, but happily we can afford it. Letter to his daughter, Catherine. Charles Dickens
Such feasts! The laughs of many a pound hour, That shook the mortar from King George's tower; Such guests! What famous names its record boasts, Whose owners wander in the mob of ghosts! Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1704/00/00 The Mico mansion (razed) is built for Boston merchant John Mico.
1718/00/00 The Mico mansion (razed) is bequeathed to Mico's friend Jacob Wendell (the great-grandfather of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr,).
1829/00/00 Nicholas Boylston, a cousin of John Adams, takes ownership of the Mico mansion (razed) and converts it into the Boylston Hotel.
1845/00/00 Massachusetts Horticultural Society builds a hall on the corner of Chapman Pl and School St. The site of the former Boston Latin School from 1748-1844, the Horticultural Hall incorporates the walls of the school.
1854/04/22 Harvey D Parker Work Harvey Parker buys the former Mico Mansion on School Street and razes the decrepit boarding house.
1855/10/08 Harvey D Parker Owner Harvey Parker's hotel opens, the first in America to offer the European plan, guests pay for their room separately from the meals. American hotels usually included meals in the room charge, serving uninspired meals during rigid dining schedules.
1855/11/00 Saturday Club (Boston) Gathering Saturday Club, a group of poets, philosophers and scientists, begin meeting at the Parker House when it opened in 1855.
1856/00/00 Boston cream pie is invented by Chef M Sanzian at Boston's Parker House Hotel Boston Cream Pie
1857/06/24 Benjamin W Crowninshield Guest Went in town to a supper at Parkers given in honor of WHF Lee, BDM Jones, FL Lowndes all of whom are going to leave the class. The eatables were excellent, I took too much of the drinkables and consequently I was too sick to get up till 2 o clk.
1860/00/00 Parker razes the Horticultural Hall building next door and constructs a six-story annex.
1862/11/00 Mary Todd Lincoln Guest Mary Todd Lincoln stays at the Parker House while visiting her son Robert, a student at Harvard.
1863/00/00 On the corner of Chapman Pl and Bosworth St, Parker builds a 10-story addition to the Parker House behind the annex building. This wing, the oldest part of the current hotel, is still in use.
1864/07/00 John Wilkes Booth Assassin John W Booth and several well-known Confederate sympathizers meet at The Parker House to plan the kidnapping of President Lincoln. Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1865/04/05 John Wilkes Booth Guest John Wilkes Booth registers at the Parker House.
1865/04/06 John Wilkes Booth Assassin John W Booth practices firing a pistol in various difficult ways such as between his legs, over his shoulder and under his arms at Edward's Shooting range off School Street near the Parker House in Boston. Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1867/11/20 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dinner Guest Henry W Longfellow visits Charles Dickens at the Parker House. "Perfectly white in hair and beard, but a remarkably handsome and notable-looking man." - CD Charles Dickens' 1867 Tour of America
1867/11/21 George Stillman Hillard Visitor George Hillard, United States Attorney for Massachusetts (which is a very good office - Dickens), visits Charles Dickens at the Parker House. Hillard sends his love to the Dickens family in England. Charles Dickens' 1867 Tour of America
1867/12/02 Saturday Club (Boston) Gathering Charles Dickens begins the first of four sold out readings with a performance of "A Christmas Carol". Parker House has the door to Dickens' room and the mirror used by him for rehearsals. A Christmas Carol (book) Charles Dickens' 1867 Tour of America
1867/12/02 Charles Dickens Performer Charles Dickens begins the first of four sold out readings with a performance of "A Christmas Carol". Parker House has the door to Dickens' room and the mirror used by him for rehearsals. A Christmas Carol (book) Charles Dickens' 1867 Tour of America
1875/00/00 Harvey D Parker Owner In the early 1870s, Parker House Rolls are invented at the Parker House Hotel by Harvey Parker's wife, Julia Brown Parker. Or, possibly by a German baker, Herr Ward. Parker House Roll
1876/00/00 Jacques Offenbach Guest Jacques Offenbach stays at the Parker House. At his first dinner, he is so delighted with the rolls, that he sings "Parker rolls, Parker rolls, how I love you" to the amusement of the other diners. The song was later used in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. The Tales of Hoffmann Parker House Roll
1912/12/15 Ho Chi Minh Work In a letter from Boston to Phan Chu Trinh in France, Ho Chi Minh writes that he has been working as a cook's helper at the Parker House. The marble table that Minh worked on is in the pastry kitchen.
1923/00/00 John F Fitzgerald Guest of Honor Jack Kennedy makes his first public speech during a party in honor of his grandfather, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald. The young Kennedy reportedly called his grandfather the best grandfather a child ever had.
1923/00/00 John F Kennedy Speaker Jack Kennedy makes his first public speech during a party in honor of his grandfather, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald. The young Kennedy reportedly called his grandfather the best grandfather a child ever had.
1925/11/23 George A Fuller Co General Contractor Whipple Co buys the Parker House and closes much of the hotel to raze it. The 10-story annex on the corner of Chapman Pl and Bosworth St, remained open to guests, allowing the hotel to be called the oldest "continuously operating hotel" in the US.
1927/05/12 Desmond and Lord Architect The new Parker House opens, embellished with polished black Quincy granite and limestone and buff-colored brick. The 14-story building features oak paneling, plastered ceilings, crystal chandeliers and bronze-detailed doors.
1933/00/00 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Life The hotel is able to keep the exact ingredients Parker House Roll secret until Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt request that the recipe is sent to them in Washington. Parker House Roll
1933/00/00 Eleanor Roosevelt Life The hotel is able to keep the exact ingredients Parker House Roll secret until Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt request that the recipe is sent to them in Washington. Parker House Roll
1941/00/00 Malcolm X Work Malcolm Little works at the Parker House Hotel as a busboy.
1946/04/22 John F Kennedy Candidate Jack Kennedy announces his bid for Congress at The Parker House. John F Kennedy bids for the United States Congress
1953/00/00 John F Kennedy Groom Kennedy reaches into his pocket to reveal a small, velvet box. Nestled inside the box is a glittering emerald and diamond ring, Jack Kennedy (possibly) proposes to Jackie Bouvier at Table 40 in Parker's Restaurant. Marriage of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F Kennedy
1953/00/00 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Bride Kennedy reaches into his pocket to reveal a small, velvet box. Nestled inside the box is a glittering emerald and diamond ring, Jack Kennedy (possibly) proposes to Jackie Bouvier at Table 40 in Parker's Restaurant. Marriage of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F Kennedy
1953/09/03 John F Kennedy Groom John F Kennedy's bachelor party is held in The Press Room of The Parker House. Groomsman, George Smathers, reportedly broke his leg falling out the second-floor window during the bachelor party. Marriage of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F Kennedy

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Particulars for Parker House:
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Level of Significance Local
Owner Private
Material Quincy Granite
Architectural Style Renaissance



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 86003804
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Desmond and Lord; Fuller,George H.,Co.
Architectural Style: Renaissance
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Commerce
Applicable Criteria: Event
Significant Year: 1927
Historic Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Hotel
Current Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Hotel

Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
The Age of Innocence (book) Book Edith Wharton "Age of Innocence' is set in Parker House, 1870s

Accommodations »


Lodging
Lodging Attribute Grand Hotel
Lodging Style Hotel
Lodging category Upscale Lodging

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