The Paul Revere House is located on North Square in Boston, Massachusetts, in the Historic North End. The American patriot left this home on the night of April 18, 1775 to embark on his famous Midnight Ride. The home was originally built by merchant Robert Howard in 1680 on the site of the parsonage of the Second Church of Boston, home to the Mather family. Paul Revere moved here in 1770, along with his wife, Sarah, his mother, and his five children. During the early days of the American Revolution, Revere was an express rider. It was in this capacity that he was summoned by Dr. Joseph Warren and given the job of warning John Hancock and Samuel Adams, both hiding together in nearby Lexington, that the British troops had landed and were planning to march. After delivering his message Revere was arrested on by the British later that night near Concord, questioned and released. He owned this home until 1800, although it is thought that the family did not live there very often during the 1780’s. After 1800 the house became a sailor’s boarding house, then a tenement, supporting various shops. In 1902 John P. Reynolds, Jr., the great-grandson of Paul Revere, purchased the house to save it from demolition. It then began a complete restoration. The original structure was altered in the mid 1700’s to conform to the more prevalent Georgian style of the day. These changes, including a lean-to and raised roof, were all taken down during the 1908 restoration. The current house today looks nearer to what it did in 1700, and reportedly 90 percent of the structure is still intact. In 1908 the Paul Revere House opened as a museum. It is the oldest surviving home in downtown Boston. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.