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  • 20:56 24 Jul 2009
  • |    Washington, DC
  • 15:56 24 Jul 2009

British Consulate General in Boston hosts a reception to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the official British Residence on Beacon Hill (June 09, 2009)

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On Monday, June 8 more than 70 guests attended a reception to honour the 200th anniversary of 15 Chestnut Street, the official residence of the British Consul General and one of the three ‘Swan Houses’ on historic Beacon Hill. Guests had the opportunity to tour the newly-renovated Residence, enjoy British food and drink, and hear about the work of the British Consulate General in New England.

Consul General Phil Budden spoke about the past, present and future of Britain's relationship with New England, noting Boston’s distinctive role and status as a “world city” with world-class academic institutions and a vibrant, innovative business community. Emphasising the  value of creating partnerships in the city – be they economic, cultural or academic – Budden introduced Councilman Mike Ross, President of the Boston City Council,  and Mark Maloney, President of Boston World Partnerships. 

Together, Councilman Ross and Mr. Maloney reiterated Boston's strengths and underscored how valuable for Boston relationships with Britain were to maintaining the city's forward-leaning, entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. The Consul General closed his remarks by noting that the best chapters were yet to come and that his team looked forward to building on the close ties established over the past 200 years in town.      

Representatives from the Beacon Hill Civic Association, Boston Magazine (which featured the Residence in its June 2009 Boston Home edition), the New England Conservatory, the British Charitable Society, HM Tenth Regiment of Foot (Boston Chapter), and various business, civic, and cultural organizations came out to celebrate the home’s bicentennial.

Built in 1809, the houses at 13, 15, and 17 Chestnut Street were the original homes of the daughters of Colonel James and Mrs. Hepzibah Swan. The houses were designed by Boston’s pre-eminent architect, Charles Bulfinch, in the ‘Federal’ style. British Consuls General have lived and worked in the Residence for the past 40 years, although there has been an official British representative in Boston since 1817. 

To learn more about the official British Residence in Boston, please click here.

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