Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
75 Eastern Point Boulevard
Gloucester, Massachusetts. 01930
Mini Nooks and Crannies
Saturday, August 8, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
This mini 90-minute version of the popular behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows time to explore rooms not on the regular tour. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff.
Note: Beauport is also open for regular one-hour tours from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on this day.
Link to Mini Nooks & Crannies: https://my.historicnewengland.org/6730/bea-nooks-aug-8
Advance tickets required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to maintain a house the size of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House? This spring we are bringing our conservation work out from behind-the-scenes for you to see. During these pre-season tours, you might see staff clean the Amethyst Glass, hang 16-foot silk damask curtains in the China Trade Room, or install one of the windows that preservation carpenters restored over the winter. You will also discover the challenges conservators face when caring for historic buildings, including dust, light, pests, and at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, the salt air.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a National Historic Landmark, was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport was Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, and professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited.
After Sleeper’s death, Beauport was purchased by the McCanns, who left it largely intact. Visit Beauport and see Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, and each is more visually dazzling than the last. Get to know Sleeper, a gay man living in the early twentieth century; his housekeeper, Mary Wonson; his fascinating neighbors; and the house’s many colorful guests.