Welcome to the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. The original section of this building was built in the late 17th century, making it the second oldest house in Cambridge and one of the oldest houses in New England. From its location on Brattle Street, it has witnessed the beginning of the American Revolution, the birth of the abolitionist movement, the formation of America as an industrial powerhouse, and the counter culture revolution of the 1960s.

Like any building that has been lived in for over 300 years, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House has been changed by its residents over the years and modified repeatedly to meet the style of the day. The house primarily reflects the Georgian Style of the 18th century, although parts of the original First Period construction remain and one can see Victorian and Colonial Revival alterations from later generations.

The building was donated to the Cambridge Historical Society in 1957 by Frances Emerson and has been our headquarters ever since. Today the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House houses our staff offices and special collection archives. Please read on for more about its remarkable history!

Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

Owners of the HLN House through History
The HLN house has changed hands many times in it’s nearly 330 year history. Click on the names of the various owners to learn about the history of the house -and of Cambridge – through their stories.

Explore the Rooms of the HLN House
Learn about each room of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House by following these links:

Rent the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House
The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is one of the oldest houses in Cambridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1685 and transformed into a Georgian mansion in the 1730s, the house is an architectural and social history treasure.

Depending on the type of event, capacity ranges from 40-100 people. Please contact us to discuss your rental needs at 617-547-4252 or info@cambridgehistory.org.