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Addison Prentiss House is located in Massachusetts
Addison Prentiss House
Location in Massachusetts
Addison Prentiss House is located in the United States
Addison Prentiss House
Location in the United States
Location 3 Channing Way,
Worcester, Massachusetts
Area less than one acre
Built c. 1877 (1877)
Architectural style Gothic
MPS Worcester MRA
NRHP reference No. 80000558
Added to NRHP March 5, 1980

The Addison Prentiss House is a historic house in Worcester, Massachusetts. The house was built c. 1877, and is one of the city's finer Gothic Revival houses built in brick. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Description and history

The Addison Prentiss House is located east of downtown Worcester, at the end of Channing Way, a stub street off Channing Street in the city's Bell Hill neighborhood. It is a 2+12-story brick building with an L-shaped configuration and gabled roof. It is oriented facing south toward Kendall Street. The main facade is dominated by a 3+12-story tower, and a porch that extends across the full width of the front. Other elevations are asymmetrical, with varying gables and porches. Windows are generally set in rectangular openings, with rustically cut granite sills and lintels. A wood frame porch extends across the northern facade, which appears to have served as the building's principal entry.

Addison Prentiss, the first owner, was a printer, book dealer, and publisher. He came to the city about 1852, and is known for publishing one of the first bird's-eye views of the city in 1851. Charles Hanson, the next owner, is believed to be the city's first Swedish immigrant; he was a piano tuner who eventually opened a music shop downtown. Hanson was also active in civic affairs and organizations that aided further Swedish settlement.

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