Old Corner Bookstore

Title

Old Corner Bookstore

Description

The house that became the Old Corner Bookstore was built in about 1718 by an apothecary named Thomas Crease. He and a number of owners after him used the downstairs as a shop, and lived in the upstairs. In 1828 the house was purchased by a publisher named William Ticknor, and became a bookstore. In 1832 Ticknor partnered with James Fields to establish a publishing company called Ticknor and Fields. Ticknor and Fields became the leading publishing company in the United States in the mid-19th century, publishing works by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others.

The building continued to house various publishing concerns until the 20th century. However, by the middle of the 20th century the building had fallen into disrepair, and in 1960 the building was restored with the assistance of the Boston Globe. The Globe established a bookstore in the building, which remained until the early 21st century. One distinctive feature of the Old Corner Bookstore is that it was built on the site where Anne Hutchinson--the well-known Puritan dissident--lived before being banished to Rhode Island in 1637. The Hutchinson house was burned down in the fire of 1712.

Source

http://bostonmaps.neu.edu/omeka/admin/items/show/1

Date

1718

Contributor

Heather Streets-Salter

Relation

Susan and Michael Southworth, AIA Guide to Boston, second edition (Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press, 1992).

Type

Annotation

Identifier

-71.05875, 42.35750

Description

The house that became the Old Corner Bookstore was built in about 1718 by an apothecary named Thomas Crease. He and a number of owners after him used the downstairs as a shop, and lived in the upstairs. In 1828 the house was purchased by a publisher named William Ticknor, and became a bookstore. In 1832 Ticknor partnered with James Fields to establish a publishing company called Ticknor and Fields. Ticknor and Fields became the leading publishing company in the United States in the mid-19th century, publishing works by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others.

The building continued to house various publishing concerns until the 20th century. However, by the middle of the 20th century the building had fallen into disrepair, and in 1960 the building was restored with the assistance of the Boston Globe. The Globe established a bookstore in the building, which remained until the early 21st century. One distinctive feature of the Old Corner Bookstore is that it was built on the site where Anne Hutchinson--the well-known Puritan dissident--lived before being banished to Rhode Island in 1637. The Hutchinson house was burned down in the fire of 1712.

Date

1718

Source

http://bostonmaps.neu.edu/omeka/admin/items/show/1