Samuel Gridley and Julia Ward Howe House

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Samuel Gridley and Julia Ward Howe House

The Samuel Gridley and Julia Ward Howe House is an historic building built in 1804 and located at 13 Chestnut Street in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, especially important as the home from 1863-1866 to Julia Ward Howe and Samuel Gridley Howe.

Overview

The building is a four-story brick row house with Georgian elements, one of three adjoining “Swan Houses” built by a wealthy widow for her daughters. It was designed by the noteworthy architect Charles Bulfinch.

Julia Ward Howe was an abolitionist who became prominent for composing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", and later gained prominence as a suffragist. Samuel Howe was a reformer as well and founded the Perkins School for the Blind.

The Howes lived in this home from 1863 to 1866, shortly after Mrs. Howe had composed her "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in November 1861.

The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The building is currently a private residence and not open to the public.

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