About the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (c. 1685)

On the National Register of Historic Places, the original section of this building was built in the late 17th century, making it the second oldest house in Cambridge and one of the oldest houses in New England. In excellent condition, the house serves as an elegant and functional background for your filming needs.

Cambridge Historical Society is one of the most film-friendly venues I have worked with. Not only is the historic building absolutely beautiful, and it lent great charm to our interview, but Marieke was extraordinarily wonderful to work with. She provided us with all the logistical details we needed to make sure our interview was a success.
–Sarah Katz, Production Manager, Marginal Revolution University

The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is an ideal location to film interviews in the Boston area. The building is quiet, has plenty of parking, and its fireplace and bookshelves look great on camera. It was also very easy to work with the Cambridge Historical Society and its staff. 
–David Schmidt, Florentine Films

Rental Rate

Weekend/holidays $300/hr | Weekday $200/hr | Day rates available


  • Off-street parking for up to five cars
  • Wifi in all spaces
  • Use of entire first floor, including kitchen

Spaces available

Bosphorus Room

This room is one of the two oldest in the house; recent dendrochronology dates the main support beam below this room to 1685. The wallpaper, installed in 1856, was printed by the leading Parisian scenic wallpaper company, Joseph Dufour et Cie, and depicts scenes of the Bosphorus in Turkey.

  • Table seating for up to 12 
  • Ideal holding room or lunch area
  • Adjacent to Chandler Room
Chandler Room
Chandler Room

Joseph Everett Chandler, an early specialist in preservation architecture, extensively remodeled the house in 1916-1917. Chandler planned the room to represent the house’s earliest Colonial architecture.  He laid down a brick floor when he found original bricks under nineteenth century flooring and repaired the huge fireplace, whose chimney stack may date from 1717. The dark, beaded wood paneling, small windows, heavy posts, and primitive woodwork are signature elements of an early twentieth century Colonial Revival style room.

Chandler Room
  • Natural light from 3 side windows
  • No air handlers in room
  • Brick floors
  • Adjacent restroom
Chandler Room
East Parlor
East Parlor

Review of existing records suggest that this room and the one above it were part of a separate house brought here in 1716 as an addition to the original structure. It has had many alterations since that time, and now features Georgian and Federal-style elements. 

  • Fridge with filtered water and ice machine
  • Tea kettle and Keurig coffee maker
  • Seating for five
  • Access to driveway
Hooper-Lee-Nichols House from Brattle Street
Hooper-Lee-Nichols House front door
Hooper-Lee-Nichols House driveway and back entrance
  • Off-street parking for up to 5 cars
Questions? Call 617-547-4252 or email info@cambridgehistory.org