Motif Monday: Fitz Henry Lane house #GloucesterMA

The stone jug was the historic studio and home of the artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) located on Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. The city owns the building. Schooner Adventure, one of the city’s national historic landmarks, and fabulous Sail GHS work from here. Both are willing to share limited space with a cultural residency. I hope one day the Lane house may be recreated as an historic artist home and studio celebrating the artist and Gloucester and as such serve as a mini welcome center. Part of the maintenance and operating costs and helping the two organizations on site might be off set by integrating the Lane use back in some capacity. The Winslow Homer property in Portland has done well and is open for guided tours on specific days and times. It does not have staff on site.

Fitz Henry Lane home March 7, 2019 snow

 

 

Classic Trucks at the White Ellery 🏠

Fun family event news from Courtney Richardson at Cape Ann Museum:

Classic Trucks at the White Ellery House | Linking past and present

GLOUCESTER– In the spirit of connecting the past to the present the Cape Ann Museum will display classic trucks on the lawn of the historic White-Ellery House (245 Washington Street in Gloucester) on Saturday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. All ages are invited to enjoy a ride down “memory lane” while taking in these classic vehicles as well as the historic house that served as a home until 1947. Local historians and Museum docents will be on hand to share the history of the house with visitors. Classic truck themed drawing, coloring and “I spy” activities will be available for children and families. All are welcome!

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Gone… Fishing: Recent Work by Jeffery Marshall

opening on August 10. For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10.

Ellery House with Cows

The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. (First Period means c. 1620–1725.) Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago.

 

Image credit: Martha Hale Harvey, Old Ellery House, photograph. c1895. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Gloucester in the news: Nell Porter Brown fabulous Beauport Sleeper McCann article in Harvard Magazine

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!

excerpt:

“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…”

 

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A new roof on Middle Street! State awards Sargent House Museum emergency grant through City of Gloucester

Mayor Romeo Theken is pleased to announce that the State’s MA Historical Commission has awarded a $50,000 emergency grant to the Sargent House Museum through the City of Gloucester. The museum is replacing the entire roof.

Sargent House Museum http://sargenthouse.org/

(BEFORE photos, August 2017)

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Live blogging: In Their Own Words- Henry Sleeper and Halfdan Hanson Build Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England special tour!

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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.

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Stephen Bridges, Martha Van Koevering, Lorna Condon

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