The Hancock Mansion Project: Preserving History & Heritage CHANGED: This event has been changed.
NBSS, 150 North Street, Boston MA 02109

The Preservation Carpentry class of 2019, in partnership with The Bostonian Society, have collaborated to recreate the formal front entryway (frontispiece) to the John Hancock Mansion, formerly on Beacon Hill.

Originally built in 1737 by John Hancock's wealthy uncle, this fine Georgian home came to be the lifetime residence of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1863 the land on which the home was sitting was sold to developers. The house was disassembled, and many of its architectural components were auctioned off. Pieces of the Hancock Mansion became part of museum collections throughout New England.

Last year, NBSS students completed and installed Phase I of the Hancock Mansion Door Project for an exhibit at Boston's Old State House. The work encompassed the first floor to the underside of the portico roof and included the conservation of the mansion's original 12-paneled front door, along with reproducing immense pillars, intricately carved brackets, and portico roof covering. The interior of the doorway was also represented with fielded panel wainscot and period correct wallpaper. Read the full story of the Hancock Mansion Door here.

The Preservation Carpentry class is currently completing Phase II of this project onsite at NBSS. This work encompasses the second story of the mansion's entryway which starts at the roof of the portico and includes the balustrade with rope-turned posts with flame finals, doubled fluted pilasters in front of faux sandstone quoins, and keystones that surround 16 light french doors. Crowning the frontispiece is a broken scroll pediment with carved rosettes.

Open to the public, this free lecture will detail the Hancock Mansion's unique place as a catalyst for the preservation movement in America, how NBSS students recreated the entryway, and what's ahead for the Hancock Mansion Project. The recreated 10x10x3' entryway will be on display for guests.


  • Steven O'Shaughnessy PC '99, Preservation Carpentry Department Head
  • Michael Burrey, Preservation Carpentry Instructor

Part of the 20th Annual Celebration of Craft at NBSS. For any questions, please contact or 617-227-0155. Thank you.