Harvard Magazine, May-June 2018, “Gloucester’s Beauport Mansion” by Nell Porter Brown is well done, sprinkled with quotes from site manager Martha Van Koevering, and with special upcoming tour announcements for the season at this Historic New England property, 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, Mass., open May 26-October 13. Beauport was designed by Henry Davis Sleeper and executed by and with architect Halfdan Hanson. One must go and go again to Beauport!
“Sleeper’s brother inherited Beauport, but couldn’t afford to keep it. In 1935, the conservation-minded Helena Woolworth McCann, heir to the Woolworth department store chain, bought the mansion and preserved it virtually as Sleeper had left it. The McCann family spent several years summering there, but by 1941 both she and her husband had died. Their children, knowing their mother’s wish that Beauport be preserved as a house museum, donated it to Historic New England with the caveat that they could stay there whenever they wanted. One of them often did, into the 1970s, amicably closing the door to her quarters in the “Red Indian” room when tours came through. And therein lies much of Beauport’s appeal. It’s not…”
Golden Step Room, Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass.
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On Friday before the Buoy Auction went over to the State Pier, the harbor was like a mirror. Amazing how the ocean can change continually.
Discover Gloucester Annual Holiday Luncheon December 13, 2017 at Cruiseport and Mayor Romeo Theken recognized Kathie Gilson for her work with the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center, Susan Kelly of Generous Gardeners and Karen Ristuben of Rocky Neck Art Colony for their incredible service.
The food was scrumptious and Cruiseport is such a sunny, pretty venue.
Kathie Gilson with Stage Fort Park Welcome Center volunteers
Christmas at the Beauport is beautiful. I stopped by for an hour the other day while they were still in the midst of decorating. I struggled with wanting to take photos …and wanting to stay out of their way. So, this is all I left with…but, you get the gist. I look forward to going back for a holiday cocktail and to enjoy the holiday ambience again soon.
We are on this incredible tour at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Descendants of both Sleeper and Hanson are here! This special programming duet was brought together by two Gloucester institutions, the Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with Historic New England’s Beauport property, inspired by the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build exhibition.
Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, is leading the tour. Martha Van Koevering is the Site Manager for the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House.
Stephen Bridges, Martha Van Koevering, Lorna Condon
Historic New England received $20,000 through the City of Gloucester Community Preservation Act (CPA) to support electrical upgrades at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, its most visited historic house museum.
Beauport, one of two National Historic Landmarks in Gloucester, received the grant to rehabilitate the electrical systems and install new fire protection sensors. As part of Historic New England’s charge to preserve and maintain its historic properties, this project has been identified as one of the most pressing preservation needs at the site. Work will include system upgrades, the removal and re-installation of fixtures, and the rewiring and conservation of lamps – an important part of the ambiance and décor for the visitor. Site Manager Martha Van Koevering stated, “Beauport visitors are in for a treat next season. The project will protect this historic property and better illuminate the museum for increased public use and enjoyment.”
About Historic New England
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of thirty-six historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
Concert by the Sea at Beauport , at the Sleeper-McCann House, in the garden overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Listened to great music by Henry Allen and the New Swingers, watching the sunset and schooners passing by, what a great setting.
A summer Friday evening concert is the perfect ending to a long week. Enjoy Gloucester-based artists focusing on early twentieth-century American music with Celtic and Scottish origins as well as favorites from American singer-songwriters such as Cole Porter. Friday, July 11: Emerald Rae and Flynn Cohen. Friday, July 25: Henry Allen and the New Swingset. Friday, August 8: Lukas Pool and Eden Foreman.
The scenic Beauport gardens provide a tranquil and beautiful setting for this series of early-evening performances. Chair and refreshments are provided. Come between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enjoy an abbreviated house tour. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.
Each concert: $30, $20 Historic New England members. Registration is required. To register, please visit HistoricNewEngland.org or call 978-283-0800.
Making it to the uber cool “Flipboard Picks”: the latest Lonely Planet Top 10 world’s greatest mansion and home list
…and Gloucester ’s Beauport is on it! Congratulations Sleeper-McCann.
Here’s the list
Lonely Planet : Live it up! The greatest mansions and grand houses.
1. Marble Palace Mansion , Kolkata , India
2. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion , Malaysia
3. Werribee Mansion , Australia
4. Villa d’Este, Italy
5. Castle Howard , England
6. Fallingwater , Pennsylvania , USA
7. Château de Chambord , France
8. Catherine Palace , Russia
9. Sleeper-McCann House , Massachusetts , USA
The lavish ‘summer cottage’ of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper has over 40 rooms and is also known as the Beauport House. Sleeper toured New England in search of houses about to be demolished and bought up selected elements from each: wood panelling, furniture, wallpaper, coloured glass and china. In place of unity, Sleeper created a wildly eclectic but artistically surprising – and satisfying – place to live. The mansion sits on rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor and has Arts-and-Crafts-style terraces leading down into a series of garden ‘rooms’.
The house is in Gloucester, Massachusetts. You can visit the house between June and October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The last hourly tour begins at 4pm.
10. Powerscourt , Ireland
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Thursday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester , Mass.
$14 Historic New England members, $21 nonmembers
Enjoy a leisurely evening tour of Beauport when the house truly comes alive. Henry Davis Sleeper’s spectacular array of lighting devices illuminates the house with a brilliant and captivating glow. See the Master Mariner’s Room, Strawberry Hill Room, and Octagon Room sparkle as Sleeper intended. Light refreshments are provided.
Reservations required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information.
On Friday, June 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. enjoy refreshments in the horseshoe garden and a presentation by Property Care Team Leader Ben Haavik and Reed Hilderbrand architect Joe James, who discuss the landscape restoration at Beauport.
Beauport gardener Marcia Hart is also on hand to talk about specific plant material and how to implement and maintain the historic garden design.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this historically accurate, Arts and Crafts style garden.
Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard
Reservations required. $20 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers
Clipper Ship "Flying Cloud" by H. Boucher 1915
Photo Courtesy MFA
Join in the Excitement of the New MFA
Local resident and noted MFA lecturer Mimi Braverman will lead a guided tour of the decorative arts, furniture and maritime galleries, drawing parallels between the collections at the MFA and those at Beauport, the Sargent House, the Cape Ann Museum and other Gloucester attractions.
Sunday, December 5, 2010 1:00PM -2:30 PM
Meet at West Entrance opposite Garage
Price Per Person $125 Tickets must be purchased in advance
Tickets at www.sargenthouse.org
Questions: Call 978-281-5801
From Pilar Garro-
GLOUCESTER-Photographer Geoffrey Gross will give a talk on how to capture the beauty of historic houses on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library. His photography in the 2008 book Great Houses of New England features four house museums owned by Historic New England including Beauport , the Sleeper-McCann House, which also appears on its cover. With four decades of experience in the field, he is currently completing two more books for Rizzoli fine art publishers, Old Houses of New England and New England Modern, both of which feature Historic New England properties. Following the talk, Copies of Great Houses of New England are available for purchase. While the talk is free, registration is required. Please call Beauport at 978-283-0800.
Historic New England is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It offers unique opportunities to experience the stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
Can you place the location of this sign?