Capital Campaign

Cambridge has only two buildings that date to the 1600’s.  And one of them needs some work!

The Cambridge Historical Society is in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House at 159 Brattle Street.  Our goal is $250,000 and as of October 15th, we’ve raised $241,000.  

We are thrilled to announce that we are the recipient of a $5,000 challenge grant from one of our generous members that will help us complete our 2013 Capital Campaign. Contributions to the CHS through October 31st will be matched up to $5,000. Whether you have already given to the 2013 Capital Campaign or have been waiting for a chance to double your donation, don’t hesitate another day. Please donate now.

In 1957, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House was given to the Historical Society to serve as its home and the location of their ever expanding archive of historical papers, documents, and artifacts.  This home – at more than 300 years old – is one of a few seventeenth-century buildings in the United States and the second oldest building in Cambridge.  An impressive structure, it has witnessed Cambridge as a small Puritan town, the formation of the Continental Army, the American industrial revolution, and the transition of our city into a world capital of the new global innovation economy.  Today the house serves as a museum and community meeting place, and houses the Society’s archives and offices.  It is truly a living piece of history and a priceless part of the Cambridge landscape.

The restoration project will be focusing on the exterior envelope of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House.  Painting, window repairs, and most importantly, keeping the building water tight!  Shutters must be repaired, rotted clapboards replaced, and window panes reglazed to bring the building back to the height of its beauty.  Each window will cost approximately $5,000 to restore and there are nearly 50!

All gifts no matter their size will help us reach our goal and are greatly appreciated.  A house of this age and stature must be rigorously maintained to avoid irreparable damage and deterioration from occurring.  Help us preserve the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House and Cambridge's heritage and give to the CHS 2013 Capital Campaign today.  Window by window, we’ll reach our goal!