An Established House

The latter half of the nineteenth century saw Brattle Street established as the most fashionable address for members of Cambridge society. The intellectual elite, such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and James Russell Lowell along with celebrities like Ole Bull, and prominent members of Harvard University faculty gave the street a national prominence. This small and self-aware community was important to the history of America and as the oldest house on the street, this house held a special position. This national rise coincided with a local shift of economic and political power to East Cambridge and Cambridgeport.