HIS­TORIC HOMES

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COOPER-FROST-AUSTIN HOUSE

Built be­tween 1681-1682 this “lean-to” style house is the old­est dwelling in the city of Cam­bridge. De­spite al­ter­ations to the home over the years much of the orig­i­nal frame and ma­te­ri­als re­main. 21 Lin­naean St., Cam­bridge, 617.994.6669.

FRED­ER­ICK LAW OLMSTED NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

Na­tional his­toric site com­mem­o­rates the great Amer­i­can land­scape artist. Free guided tours of Fairsted, Olmsted’s his­toric de­sign of­fice and grounds, of­fered F-Sa be­tween 9:30 am-4 pm. 99 War­ren St., Brook­line, 617.566.1689.

GIB­SON HOUSE

For­merly the home of widow Cather­ine Ham­mond Gib­son and her son Charles, this six-level struc­ture was de­signed by Bos­ton ar­chi­tect Ed­ward Clarke Cabot and built 1859-1860. Ad­mis­sion: $3-9. Open for guided tour only W-Su at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. 137 Bea­con St., 617.267.6338.

JOHN F. KENNEDY NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

A short walk from Coolidge Cor­ner, this quaint green build­ing was the birth­place and boy­hood home of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy. In the late 1960s, Rose Kennedy re­stored the home to how it orig­i­nally ap­peared in 1917, and to­day most of its fur­nish­ings are pro­vided by the Kennedy fam­ily. Free. Closed

Nov. 1-May 21. Open May 22-Oct. 31, W-Su 9:30 am-5 pm. 83 Beals St., Brook­line, 617.566.7937.

NI­CHOLS HOUSE MU­SEUM

One of Bea­con Hill’s ear­li­est con­structs, the Ni­chols House is an ar­chi­tec­turally pure ex­am­ple of Bulfinch de­sign that pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse into 19th- and 20th-cen­tury do­mes­tic life. It was pre­served as a house mu­seum by Rose Stan­dish Ni­chols, a self-taught land­scape ar­chi­tect, suf­frag­ist and paci­fist who in­hab­ited the home from 1885-1960, adorn­ing it with trea­sures from across the globe. Guided tours on the half hour. Tu-Sa 11 am-4 pm; Nov-April Th-Sa 11 am-4 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $10. 55 Mt. Ver­non St., 617.227.6993.

WIL­LIAM HICKLING PRESCOTT HOUSE

Twin Fed­eral-era town houses named for the Amer­i­can his­to­rian who lived there in the mid-19th cen­tury. Fea­tures Prescott’s re­stored study, dec­o­ra­tive arts and a cos­tume col­lec­tion. Open W-Th and Sa 1-4 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8. 55 Bea­con St., 617.742.3190.

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