Old Corner Bookstore

283 Washington St Bostonundefined

Boston Literary Landmarks/Old Corner Bookstore
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The site of the Old Corner Bookstore was originally the home of Anne Hutchinson, who was expelled from Massachusetts in 1638 for her revolutionary religious ideas. Although that building burnt to the ground in 1708, in 1712 the building was rebuilt as an apothecary shop, and it was used by a slew of pharmacists for the same purpose until 1828.

In 1832 the location became home to Ticknor and Fields, a publishing company founded by William Ticknor. For much of the 1800s, the firm was one of the most important publishing companies in the US. The Old Corner Bookstore eventually became a favorite hangout for authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Charles Dickens.

In 1960 the building was set to be demolished, but Historic Boston Inc. bought it for $100,000 just in the nick of time. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and today is home to a Chipotle. 

[Cover Photo Credit: J.F. via flickr]

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