From Summer Estates to College Campus

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Endicott is pleased to announce its next exhibit in the Archives Museum titled, From Summer Estates to College Campus. Endicott College’s historic buildings were built as summer homes for some of Boston’s most prominent families. Endicott College has restored and continues to care for these buildings. The exhibit focuses on family relationships through the generations, the acquisition of the properties, and stories about the estate owners and their families.

From Summer Estates to College Campus - Interior of Tupper Hall

Along Massachusetts’ northern Atlantic shore, the Gold Coast— site of glittering parties and elaborate weddings—was, for a few weeks each summer, a playground for the well to do.

Endicott is pleased to announce its next exhibit in the Archives Museum titled, From Summer Estates to College Campus. The exhibit will be on display now through July 22, 2011 in the Halle Library Archive & Museum Gallery at Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 from 4-6 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Endicott College’s historic buildings: College Hall, Tupper Manor, Misselwood, Reynolds, Hamilton/Wenham, Alhambra, Winthrop, and the College’s newest purchase, soon to be named, were built as summer homes for some of Boston’s most prominent families.

Along Massachusetts’ northern Atlantic shore, the Gold Coast— site of glittering parties and elaborate weddings—was, for a few weeks each summer, a playground for the well to do. From Nahant to Magnolia some of the country’s wealthiest citizens built sprawling estates that provided breezy ocean respite from their urban dwellings. The homes, including those owned by Endicott College, were designed by the leading architects of the day and featured palatial rooms with high ceilings for entertaining, large terraces, elaborate gardens, tennis courts, and stables for the family thoroughbreds. Endicott College has restored and continues to care for these buildings. Today they serve as residence halls, administrative buildings, and conference centers. Original architectural elements have been retained and enhanced for 21st century use.

The exhibit focuses on family relationships through the generations, the acquisition of the properties, and stories about the estate owners and their families including Herbert Mason Sears, William Amory Gardner, Bryce James Allan, Roldolphe Louis Agassiz, Anna Palfrey, Louisa Loring Dresel, Herbert Sears Tuckerman, and Francis Bartlett. Depictions of a summer wedding—featuring a cake designed by wedding cake designer extraordinaire Cile Burbidge of Danvers, and one of the salons where people gathered for conversation, along with copies of private family photographs, bring to life this Gold Coast past.

Information for this exhibit was compiled from archives and museums throughout the United States and Canada, private family albums, conversations, and books authored by family members. For more information contact Barbara Broudo at 978-232-2257 or broudo@endicott.edu.

About Endicott College:
Located in Beverly, Massachusetts on 235 acres of oceanfront property, Endicott College offers Master and Bachelor degree programs in the professional and liberal arts. Founded in 1939, Endicott provides an education built upon a combination of theory and practice, which is tested through internships and work experience. Studying at the Beverly campus, regionally, and internationally are approximately 2,200 undergraduate and more than 2,400 adult and graduate students.

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