1907Henry Davis Sleeper began building his architectural fantasy, Beauport, on Eastern Point.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture

Beauport, the home of Henry Sleeper, n.d. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 20914
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Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, was the summer home of Henry Davis Sleeper, antiquarian, collector, and interior designer. Sleeper was introduced to the area by A. Piatt Andrew, who had his own summer home, Red Roof, on Eastern Point. Sleeper occupied Beauport by May 12, 1908, when he received Andrew as his first houseguest.

He worked with local architect Halfdan M. Hanson on the design of the house and the two continued to expand Beauport and work on other architectural and design commissions until Sleeper died in 1934. Most of the rooms at Beauport are inspired by specific objects, themes, or significant events. For example, the Pembroke Room (or Pine Kitchen) was constructed with doors and paneling from Sleeper’s mother’s ancestral home in Pembroke, Massachusetts. The Franklin Game Room exhibits Sleeper’s fascination with America’s founding fathers, and other rooms have names that reflect their general aesthetic, such as the Book Tower and Golden Step Room.

“Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House (1907).” Historic New England, https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/beauport-sleeper-mccann-house/.
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