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Cooper-Frost Austin House

The Cooper-Frost-Austin House is clearly documented as the oldest dwelling still standing in the City of Cambridge. Built by Samuel Cooper in 1681, selectman and deacon at the North End of the cow common, the house was one of the earliest examples of an integral lean-to "half house," comprising a "low room," "little room," "kitchin," "Chamber," "kitchin Chamber," "Garret," and "Cellar." Other original features include a pilaster chimney and a facade gable. Among the features that have been revealed by Historic New England are c. 1690 molded sheathing in the main hall and chamber above, c. 1720 paneling in the western portion of the house, and original masonry detail in the fireplaces.

The Cooper-Frost-Austin House will be open for public tours on August 11th, 2018 and October 13th, 2018 at 12p, 1p, and 2p.

Tours (except for 8/11 and 10/13) are by appointment only.


  • Adults: $5

  • Seniors: $4

  • Historic New England Members and Cambridge residents: Free

Presented by Historic New England.


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