The Parker House is the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States. It opened in 1855 by Harvey D. Parker at its location on School Street near the corner of Tremont. The original Parker House and later additions were demolished in the 1920s and replaced with an entirely new building.
Parker’s Restaurant in the hotel is home to the creation of Parker House Rolls and the Boston Cream Pie.
The moist, fluffy, and internationally-known Parker House roll was the inspired creation of an in-house German baker named Ward, who worked under Chef John Bonello.
Created by French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel, the Boston Creme Pie is a pudding/cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière. The Boston Cream Pie was chosen as the official dessert of Massachusetts on December 12, 1996.