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Peabody Residence and Book Room


  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

  • As Noted In: Phantom Register of Historic Places, Phantom

The Peabody Residence and Book Store is the last remaining late Federal period rowhouse of four residences that once stood at 9-23 West Street. The brick home is also notable as the Peabody family home and Elizabeth Peabody's bookstore and printing office. In a broadside advertisement for her new establishment, she described the shop as constantly receiving from Europe ... choicest editions of English books, old and new; Works on the fine arts; French, Italian, and German books; besides American works in all departments. - AsNotedIn


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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1815/00/00 Four modest Federal period rowhouse are constructed on West Street, 1815-1820.
1820/00/00 In 1820, heirs of Catharine W Codman are the original owners of 13-15 West St. Catherine, the daughter of merchant John Amory, and her husband Henry Codman, a lawyer and scion of an old Boston family, lived on West Street from 1820 through at least 1830.
1840/00/00 Catharine and Henry Codman move to Roxbury and the West Street house is rented to the Peabody family.
1840/07/00 George Palmer Putnam Work Elizabeth Peabody acquires books for her bookstore form her cousin, George Palmer Putnam.
1840/07/00 Ralph Waldo Emerson Benefactor Ralph W Emerson loans Elizabeth Peabody books for her circulating library.
1840/07/00 George Bancroft Benefactor George Bancroft loans Elizabeth books for her circulating library.
1840/07/00 Dr Nathaniel Peabody Home, Work The Peabody family moves from Salem to Boston. A corner of the ground floor is set aside for a homeopathic apothecary run by Dr Peabody.
1840/07/00 William Ellery Channing Benefactor Dr William Ellery Channing provides Elizabeth with a small amount of money to cover initial expenses of her book store. She installs a long counter in the lower front room for her bookstore.
1840/07/00 Judge Charles Jackson Work Judge Charles Jackson, the father of two former pupils guarantees a $500 loan for Elizabeth Peabody's enterprise.
1840/08/00 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Work Without a mercantile background, Elizabeth opens her bookstore during an era of intense competition between the city's booksellers and publishers centered on Washington St, School St and Cornhill. Peabody teaches herself bookkeeping.
1840/08/00 Sophia Peabody Hawthorne Home, Work Sophia Peabody, a skilled painter and sculptor, creates her works which are for in the bookstore, as is an exclusive line of fine art supplies endorsed by family friend and Romantic landscape painter, Washington Allston.
1840/08/00 The Cunard Steamship Co, Ltd Carrier E P Peabody ... is prepared to receive orders on England, and the Continent, for Books, Periodicals, Newspapers, Stationary, and Artists' materials.... Orders will be answered by Cunard's Line of Steamers, within six weeks of the date generally. - Ad
1840/09/00 Hedge's Club Meeting The Transcendental Club, which includes Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Theodore Parker, George Ripley, Henry Hedge, Orestes Brownson and James Freeman Clarke, meet to debate whether or not the church can be reformed.
1840/09/00 Mary Peabody Mann Home, Work Mary Peabody operates in the house's second story a morning school for girls and tutored boys and young women in French, Latin and German during the afternoons.
1840/10/00 Peabody adds a circulating library of foreign books and periodicals. Membership cost $5 and is limited to 50 subscribers so that the books may not be too much scattered. Non-subscribers can borrow books at 12.5 or 25 cents, depending on the size.
1840/10/00 Sophia Willard Dana Ripley Leader The Ripleys, Brownson, Parker and Clarke, with John Sullivan Dwight meeting at 13-15 West Street to plans for the "Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education", a utopian community in West Roxbury.
1840/10/00 Eliza Hunt Palmer Peabody Home, Work While managing the long-term boarders that periodically live at the Peabody home, Eliza H Peabody assist her husband and children in their endeavors.
1840/10/00 George Ripley Leader The Ripleys, Brownson, Parker and Clarke, with John Sullivan Dwight meeting at 13-15 West Street to plans for the "Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education", a utopian community in West Roxbury.
1842/00/00 The Dial (Transcendentalist journal) Home The editors of and contributors to The Dial, the Transcendental periodical, also meet at Peabody's bookstore.
1842/07/09 Sophia Peabody Hawthorne Bride Sophia Peabody weds Nathaniel Hawthorne in the upstairs parlor at the Peabody Home in Boston, MA.
1842/07/09 Nathaniel Hawthorne Groom Sophia Peabody weds Nathaniel Hawthorne in the upstairs parlor at the Peabody Home in Boston, MA.
1843/05/01 Horace Mann Groom Mary Peabody marries Horace Mann at the Peabody home in Boston.
1843/05/01 Mary Peabody Mann Bride Mary Peabody marries Horace Mann at the Peabody home in Boston.
1844/04/00 Margaret Fuller Leader On Thursday mornings, Margaret Fuller host her Conversations, drawing out the voices of the women of the Transcendental movement on matters of philosophy, religion, art and politics. Her's Conversations will continue at West St until spring 1844.
1851/00/00 Nathaniel Cranch Peabody assumes the lease for 13-15 West Street and will operate a homeopathic apothecary through about 1855.
1852/00/00 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Home Elizabeth Palmer Peabody's West Street Bookstore closes.
1900/00/00 Until the mid to late 19C, Peabody House likely had a central entrance with a symmetrical interior plan. By 1900-1910, a storefront entrance flanked by Corinthian pilasters, windows and a sign band are installed at the ground floor.

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Particulars for Peabody Residence and Book Room:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Alternative Medical System Homeopathic
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Building Style Townhouse
Philosophical Movement Transcendentalism




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