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The Mason Houses

Beacon Hill

 
 
The Mason Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2021
1. The Mason Houses Marker
Inscription.  

Soon after 1800, freestanding mansions surrounded by gardens became a luxury even the rich could scarcely afford on Beacon Hill. One of the few who could was Jonathan Mason. About 1800, he built a mansion and gardens (both demolished now) just west of here. Up the street he built several row houses, two of which survive intact at 55 and 57 Mt. Vernon Street. Some historians believe he settled his married daughters here, although he himself always retained title to the houses.
All residences in this neighborhood are private.
 
Erected by Boston 200. (Marker Number BH14.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 42° 21.504′ N, 71° 3.961′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Street and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling west on Mt. Vernon Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02108, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Historic Beacon Hill District (a few steps from this marker); 20 Pinckney Street
The Mason Houses and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2021
2. The Mason Houses and Marker
The marker is attached to a railing just left of center above a gray car. The buildings to the left and center are 55 and 57 Mt. Vernon Street, so the marker may have been moved at some point.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); 40-42 Mt. Vernon Street (within shouting distance of this marker); William Ellery Channing Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Birthplace of Charles Sumner (about 400 feet away); 66 Mt. Vernon Street (about 400 feet away); 87 Mt. Vernon Street (about 500 feet away); George Francis Parkman (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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Dec. 4, 2022