Charles H. Bowker House

3 Harvard Place

The Charles H. Bowker House, located at 3 Harvard Place, sits in a wooded grove just steps from Worcester’s resurgent North Main Street corridor. Built in 1874 as the showplace home of local industrialist Charles Bowker, the High Victorian Gothic structure features a red brick exterior with black masonry banding and decoration. A prominent corner turret, cast iron cresting, and steeply pitched rooflines give the building an imposing presence as it rises from the steep incline of the property. While the building has suffered interior fire damage and lost its original windows and slate roof, it retains much of its original character. A.S. Roe admiringly described the Charles H. Bowker House at its finest in his Twenty Years of Harvard Street (1894): “Covered with ivy, the west side commands Harvard Place, while the east side overlooks Worcester. There are steep stairs leading down to Main street, and there is the city, with all its din, bustle and beauty. To my mind, there is no more attractive residence in the city.”

The Charles F. Bowker House has appeared on Preservation Worcester’s Most Endangered Structures List in 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2106.