22.11.13

GRAY DAY, DECORATOR'S DREAM, ROOFER'S NIGHTMARE

Probably the world doesn't need another post about Beauport, the brilliant fantasia of early Americana created at Gloucester Massachusetts by the pioneer decorator Henry Davis Sleeper in the early 20th century.  However, on a recent visit, on a gray fall day, I happened to be the ONLY visitor in the 3 PM time slot, and to experience those wonderful rooms, and the collectioins within, free of other tourists, able to truly experience Sleeper's effects of color, light and arrangement, was a superlative experience.  One is not allowed to photograph the interiors, but the high quality of restoration on the exterior and grounds, including a new cedar shingle roof---oh what nightmares the poor roofing contractor must have had---is worth a look.

For those not familiar with Beauport, please visit the website of its owner, Historic New England, HERE

One enteres through a garden house which adjoins the high brick wall separating the grounds from the public lane.

























The new house next door, which replaced 'Wrong Roof', the cottage of Sleeper's friend Caroline Sinkler after it was lost in an explosion, demonstrates all too well that one man's dream house is a neighbor's nightmare





7 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Such an amazing property -I'm dying to visit! And alone -you lucky dog! Not so lucky -that hideous next door neighbor. wow......

The Devoted Classicist said...

Fantastic details!

penelopebianchi said...

I LOVE this post! This is my favorite house museum I have ever seen! It is such a miracle that it was kept by the family who bought it; for years leaving virtually everything intact!!

The first time I visited it, the docent kept having to come back and get me; (there is so much to see!!) so, good thing I started on the first tour of the day; I bought 5 more tickets and kept going on the next tour! Until the day was over!

I think they thought I was either crazy; or casing the place!
Then I said I was from California; and the lady volunteers looked relieved. It seemed to explain everything!!

The room on the river where the windows go down into the wall........is my favorite room in the world!!!

Anonymous said...

I will always return to Beauport! These photos are so detailed!
One must see the inside, incredible and well worth the trip from wherever one might live.

Anonymous said...

A favorite house - and yes - the world does need more Beauport - KDM

Laura Madalene said...

A beautiful house can help us to stay close and i like your home. You have brilliant idea make more beautiful the house. Home Decor Ideas

Anonymous said...

When did Wrong Roof explode?