1923For the 300th anniversary, the Stacy Boulevard was constructed.Events & Anniversaries, Location and Setting, Celebrations & Anniversaries, Landscape

The last house left standing during the construction of Stacy Boulevard, 72 Western Avenue, July 26, 1923. Edward F. Millett, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 21059
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The esplanade was conceived by George Stacy, who was a builder, hotel owner, and park commissioner. Thomas Warren Sears was the landscape designer for the project. After working for Frederick Law Olmsted, Sears left to set up his own firm in Providence, Rhode Island, where he did work for Gloucester’s Boulevard. Beginning around 1920, occupants of the houses along the waterside vacated their houses, with most of them being moved to surrounding streets and available lots. However, one resident, Lucy Low, resisted until she was paid the exorbitant sum of $8000. She then went to the auction and bought back her house for $800 and moved it to a piece of land a short distance away.

Wright, John Hardy. Gloucester and Rockport. Arcadia, 2005. Fish, Prudence. “Antique Houses Of Gloucester And Beyond: GLOUCESTER’S BOULEVARD AND LUCY LOW’S HOUSE.” Antique Houses Of Gloucester And Beyond (blog), October 2, 2014. https://prudencefish.blogspot.com/2014/10/gloucesters-boulevard-and-lucy-lows.html.
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