Ebenezer Hancock House

  • Type: Townhouse
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The Ebenezer Hancock House is the only vernacular structure dating from the mid 18th century in central Boston. The red brick building features perhaps the most intact and most important Georgian residential interior found in the city. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1737/00/00 James Davenport, a baker and brother-in-law of Benjamin Franklin, disposes a "brick tenement" to Joseph How. A stout brick oven suggest Davenport built the house as early as 1711.
1763/00/00 Upon the death of his uncle Thomas, John Hancock inherits a parcel of land on Boston's water front. He will make a series of additional purchases by 1767, assembling a larger parcel from which the house site will be set off.
1767/00/00 John Hancock Owner Hancock House is probably rebuilt soon after 1767 for developer John Hancock.
1778/08/00 Ebenezer Hancock Work A loan of 2 million silver crowns from Louis XVI of France for the financing of the Army, negotiated in Paris by Benjamin Franklin, are carried from d'Estaing's war vessels and left in care of paymaster Gen Hancock. Battle of Saratoga
1785/08/24 Ebenezer Hancock Owner John Hancock signs ownership of a "brick tenement" to his brother Ebenezer.
1798/00/00 By 1798 Hancock House is occupied by Benjamin Fuller, a shoe dealer. He will be the first of a series of shoe merchants who will occupy the store uninterruptedly until 1963.

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Particulars for Ebenezer Hancock House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Historic Use Single dwelling
Building Style Townhouse

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