Beauport in Sepia

Carrie Blackwood

East Wakefield, United States

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I loved the curves and lines and textures of this building, and here, I used sepia to try to highlight them.

Sleeper, a nationally-noted antiquarian and collector, and one of the first professional interior designers in the United States, began building Beauport in 1907. He eventually enlarged the house to over 40 rooms filled with a lifetime collection that includes period furniture, glassware, books, ceramics, hooked rugs, and silhouettes arranged within various rooms, many of which are decorated to evoke different historical and literary themes. Today, the house and its rooms remain virtually as Sleeper left them. The tour features architectural details rescued from dilapidated buildings, magnificent arrangements of colored glassware, secret staircases and the recently restored kitchen and servant’s quarters which add to the richness of the interpretation. Beauport, a National Historic Landmark, is owned and operated by Historic New England. (Information from Cape Ann Vacations website.)

Beauport, also known as Sleeper-McCann House, Little Beauport, or Henry Davis Sleeper House, is a historic house in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was built starting in 1907 as the summer home of interior decorator and antique collector Henry Davis Sleeper. Situated on the rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor, the structure encloses dozens of rooms decorated to evoke different historical and literary themes.

Beauport served as Sleeper’s escape, a backdrop for summer parties, and as a showcase for his professional skills. The house was frequently published in books and magazines, including World of Interiors and Martha Stewart Living.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.

Beauport is a now a National Historical Landmark owned by Historic New England. (Information from Wikipedia.)

Taken September 2010—Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Taken with Sony Cybershot DSC-H9.

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