Summer Playground: The History and People Behind Endicott College’s Historic Buildings

Each year, our Gallery Director and Exhibit Curator Barbara Broudo and her research team dig into Endicott’s archives to bring us a cultivated look at a slice of Endicott life. The current exhibit represents the culmination of five years of research, and has seen such a positive reception that the exhibit has just recently been extended from July to December of 2011. “From Summer Estates to College Campus” takes a look at the historic Beverly summer estates that now make up part of Endicott’s campus – and the prominent families that built and lived in them. These well-to-do Boston families that summered in Beverly include Bryce J. Allan, who built Allabank (now known as Tupper Manor) and was the son of Sir Hugh Allan, founder and president of the Allan Shipping Lines Company. As you browse through the exhibit, it’s easy to see the family connections that spread across the North Shore, and how the gracious homes that now make up Endicott’s campus speak to a time gone by.

One hundred year old photos, family histories and museum archives all contributed to this enlightening exhibit, which features College Hall, Tupper Manor, Misselwood, Reynolds, Hamilton/Wenham, Alhambra, Winthrop, and the college’s newest acquisition, Beechwood.

You’ll also see examples of how Endicott has restored and revitalized these homes as they were converted into present day use as residence halls, administrative buildings, and conference centers – retaining charm and history with original architectural elements while serving new purposes.

A Curator Talk and Reception led by Barbara Broudo will take place during this coming Reunion Weekend on June 4 at 3pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

The exhibit is on display in the Halle Library, Archive & Museum Gallery at Endicott College, Hale Street Beverly, through December 16. Exhibit is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Barbara Broudo at 978-232-2257.

We hope you’ll have a chance to see this historically fascinating exhibit – and take advantage of the unique Endicott environment where a 21st century residence hall was once a 19th century summer mansion!

Interior of Tupper Hall

Wedding Party at Reynolds