Harding House was named for Isaac Harding, a Central Square grocer who commissioned the house to be built in 1867. It was originally designed to be a large two-family for himself and his daughter. Their big Cambridge house has passed through many incarnations over the years, but when Rachael Solem and her partners discovered it in the spring of 1996, they knew it was something special. They painstakingly renovated the house, researching to find what was original and period-appropriate, to make it the large welcoming guest house it is today.
The stairs you see when you walk in originally had a mirror image as a two-family house. One staircase was kept, the other side is now a beautiful atrium with skylights. The stair railings are original to the house in most areas. Where two doors would have been at the front now stands one door taken from Harding House’s “big sister”, The Irving House.
Harding House started welcoming visitors in the fall of 1997, and has been a warm, inviting ‘home away from home’ for thousands of travelers from across the globe ever since.
While you are here… explore the house
During the renovation the rooms were reconfigured into 14 guest rooms varying in size. Guests find Harding House to be a perfect balance of a small bed & breakfast and a larger hotel, large enough to professionally serve you, yet small enough to know you.
Guests may use the parlor for reading the paper, relaxing or catching up with friends. In the dining room we offer our tantalizing breakfast buffet, a light snack in the afternoon and your place for other meals should you decide to order-in. When weather permits, the property has a small garden for relaxing with a cup of tea and good book.
All of our rates include breakfast, daily housekeeping, wireless internet, local calls, flat screen TV with satellite cable and parking on a first come first serve basis.
While you are here… explore the neighborhood
Harding House is conveniently located close to Harvard, MIT and the convenience of 3 subway stops to downtown Boston – perfect for Rachael’s vision of a Cambridge Inn. Cambridge, often referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank”, is packed with bookstores, cafes, museums, pubs, unique locally-owned shops, music venues and a wide range of international restaurants. Although Harding House is located on a wide residential street, we are within walking distance of 3 famous city “squares”.
- Harvard Square, home of Harvard University, lends itself to tourism, museum visiting and sightseeing.
- Central Square, named for its history as the crossroads of commerce, is known for its wide variety of restaurants, live music and theatre venues and gives a slice of the diversity in Cambridge.
- Inman Square, known for its restaurants and shops, is more like a neighborhood to the locals. All three squares offer great restaurants, coffee shops, varied retail areas and performance areas or theaters.