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Gibson House

Boston, Massachusetts
County of Suffolk.
137 Beacon Street
National Register Number: 01001048
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Congressional District: MA-8 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 7, 2001):
The Gibson House (1859) is nationally significant as a rare surviving example of an intact Victorian row house, which serves as a record of urban American domestic life during the decades from the Civil War to the First World War. Remarkably preserved, its interior survives as a record of upper-middle-class life from the period of the Gibson family's tenure in the house, and represents the techological advances being made in row houses at the time.

The Landmark received a 2004 federal Save America's Treasures matching grant for $250,000 to provide modern mechanical systems while the originals are retained for interpretive purposes. Its original electrical, plumbing, and heating systems are intact and in use, but present significant risks due to age and deterioration.


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