Harding House History

Harding House Bed & Breakfast Cambridge 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.

Harding House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge, MA near Central SquareThe Harding’s Cambridge home has passed through many incarnations over the years, but when Rachael Solem and her partners of the Irving House discovered it in the spring of 1996, they knew it was something special. Conveniently located, the Harding House was perfect for Rachael’s vision of a sister Cambridge inn.  They painstakingly renovated the house, researching to find what was original and  period-appropriate, to make it the 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.

A warm welcome at Harding House Bed and Breakfast, Cambridge, MA

Harding House first welcomed guests in the fall of 1997, and has been a warm  ‘home away from home’ for thousands of travelers from across the globe ever since.

 A perfect balance of a small bed & breakfast and a larger hotel, Harding House is large enough to professionally serve you, yet small enough to let us know our guests.

 Although Harding House is located on a wide residential street,  we are within walking distance of 4 famous Cambridge “squares”.

  • Harvard Square, home of Harvard University,  tourism, museums 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 and gives a slice of the diversity in Cambridge.
  • Inman Square, known for restaurants, arts and shops,  is more like a neighborhood to the locals. 
  • Kendall Square, a still-burgeoning technology area, home of MIT and companies such as Novartis and Google.  
  • All four squares offer great restaurants, coffee shops, varied retail areas and performance areas or  theaters.