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The Forbes House Museum explores America’s birth as a global economic power in the 19th century through the prism of one family’s inspiring stories of adventure, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and civic leadership.
The 1833 mansion now called the Forbes House Museum was designed by Boston architect Isaiah Rogers. The Greek Revival design incorporated architectural elements reminiscent of classical temples; accordingly, the Museum’s façade boasts two prominent Ionic columns. The layout of the house is symmetrical in design, also typical of the Greek Revival style, with rooms leading from a central front hallway. In 1871, the Captain’s son, James Murray Forbes (1845-1937), came to live at Forbes House with his new wife, Alice Frances Bowditch Forbes (1848-1929), and made considerable renovations to the home.