Parker House Hotel opened in 1855 in the heart of Boston on School street near Tremont. This beautiful hotel was a curious epicenter of rendezvous for all types of people. From politicians to authors to the yummy Parker house rolls and even a infamous murderer.
The Parker House is a beautiful luxurious addition to the historical streets of historic Boston. Do you ever walk by an old building and wonder who must have been there or walked the same street as you? Well, I do!
I’ll begin by sharing a few of the extraordinary people I found who walked the halls of this gorgeous hotel, drank till the wee hours while discussing their next achievement and some, who had to work their way up in life!
This hotel was a magnet for so many people who were up to so many interesting things you would never know about. It makes you wonder, does this landmark inspire an agenda, or is it a touchstone for all who aspire to greatness?
I’ll let you wonder for yourself! Meanwhile here is the list to ponder.
In the nineteenth-century there was the poet, essayist, and preeminent transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and The Atlantic Monthly editor James Russell Lowell, scientist Louis Agassiz, novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, poets John Greenleaf Whittier and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, diplomat Charles Francis Adams, historian Francis Parkman, and sage-about-town Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Charles Dickens also resided in the Parker House for five months in 1867–1868 in his own apartments; he first recited and performed “A Christmas Carol” for the Saturday Club at the Parker House, then again for the adoring public at nearby Tremont Temple.
Then Actor John Wilkes Booth stayed at the hotel April 5–6, 1865, eight days before assassinating Abraham Lincoln. He was apparently in Boston to see his brother, actor Edwin Booth, who was performing there. While in Boston, Booth was seen practicing at a firing range near the Parker House
Mayor James Michael Curley, the charismatic, Irish-American “Mayor of the Poor” ( 1946-50) was very popular with the working class a constant presence at the Parker House.
John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for Congress at the Parker House in 1946 and also held his bachelor party in the hotel’s Press Room there in 1953. Then Senator Kennedy also proposed to wife, Jackie Bouvier at Table 40 in Parker’s Restaurant located inside the Hotel.
It seems I can go on and on with who and when, but I will leave you with one last group of outstanding humans. The workers. Inspired people who rose above their place in life, to go on a make a dent in history.
Before I sign out – The Parker House was not only a meeting place but famous for creating the Massachusetts’ state dessert, Boston cream pie; They also invented the Parker House roll; and coined the word “scrod,” which is not a kind of fish, but a term for the freshest, finest, and youngest white fish of the day. Very New England! Thank you Parker House!
I have been there and stayed the night it is very beautiful and the rolls are to die for!
Glenda Benevides musician, storyteller, activist, good human