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Fascinating facts about Paul Revere’s home improvements

Let’s mark the anniversary of Boston’s most famous horse ride with a look at the recently expanded Paul Revere House historic site.

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The Paul Revere house.

> 1680 — Approximate year that Paul Revere’s house, the oldest building in downtown Boston, was built

> 35 — Revere’s age when the prosperous silversmith purchased the house, in 1770; he owned the house from 1770 to 1800, but lived in it for perhaps only 20 of those years

> 1908 — Year the Paul Revere House opens as a museum; between the time Revere owned the house and it became a museum, it was also a candy store, a bank, and a tenement


> 25 cents — Cost of admission when it first opened; today it’s $5, $4.50 for seniors and students, and $1 for kids

> 317,386 — Visitors to the Paul Revere House in 2016, a record

> 2007 — Paul Revere Memorial Association purchases the building that is now its new Education and Visitor Center

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> 3,500 — Square footage of the new Education and Visitor Center, linked by an elevated walkway to the Revere House

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Groucho Marx.

> $4 million — Fund-raising budget for the restoration project, including the new center, furnishings, exhibits, signs, accessibility, and a courtyard redo


> 600 — Total number of donors to the project; the largest was the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, which gave $612,500

> 900 — Weight in pounds of a bronze bell cast by Paul Revere and Son in 1804, on display in the Revere House courtyard

> 25 — Revere bells still exist from when he was involved with his Lynn Street foundry, including one now in California


Groucho Marx as Paul Revere: “The enemy is coming! There’ll be two lamps in the steeple if they’re coming by land and one if they’re coming by sea.” [Runs to window, sees three lamps.] “They double-crossed me! They’re coming by land and sea!” — Duck Soup (1933)


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