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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

North Square Houses, 1715

 
 
North Square Houses, 1715 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
1. North Square Houses, 1715 Marker
Inscription. This courtyard is the site of the Barnard House, built at the same time as the Revere House as part of a row of three similar wooden dwellings. The three houses were built after the great fire of November, 1676, had ravaged the neighborhood. Puritan minister Increase Mather, whose house had stood where the Revere House now stands, recorded the events of that “Fatal and dismal day” in his journal.

The Barnards were master housewrights and carpenters for generations. They had lived in North Square before the fire, and descendants still lived in the house over a century later. Matthew Barnard probably built the three-house row, including his family’s house on the south, the Revere House (then occupied by merchant Robert Howard), and the Wyborne House on the north.

Paul Revere purchased the middle house in 1770. He and his family lived here during the Revolution, and sold the house in 1800. Of the three houses built by the Barnards only the Revere House survives. Both the Wynborne and Barnard houses were destroyed by the 1880s for development. Now over 300 years old, the Revere House is unique as the only surviving example of urban architecture from 17th century America. Its strength is a testament to the skill of early Boston builders.
 
Location. 42° 21.822′ 
Courtyard near the Revere House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
2. Courtyard near the Revere House
The marker is seen here on the kiosk in front of the Revere House.
N, 71° 3.227′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from North Square, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the courtyard just south of the Paul Revere House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 North Square, Boston MA 02113, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paul Revere House (here, next to this marker); Moses Pierce-Hichborn House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Paul Revere House (a few steps from this marker); North Square (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Paul Revere House (within shouting distance of this marker); Garden Court Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Mansion of Gov. Hutchinson (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Stephen's Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a drawing by Sarah Wyborne of the three houses mentioned in the marker. These include the house of Moses Pierce, glazier; John Barnard, housewright; and Robert Howard, merchant.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Paul Revere House website. (Submitted on May 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Paul Revere House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
3. Paul Revere House
This photo of the Paul Revere house, the sole survivor of the three North Square row houses built by the Barnards, was taken from the street. The courtyard is to the left of the house behind the brick wall.

2. Paul Revere House. Details of the Freedom Trail from the City of Boston website. (Submitted on May 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
Revere House from the Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
4. Revere House from the Courtyard
This view of the Paul Revere House from the courtyard shows the marker to the right in the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,058 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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