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Grand residence on Flat of Beacon Hill

BY MARILYN JACKSON
CORRESPONDENT

 

On the Flat of Beacon Hill is a four-story townhouse that was once home to one of the country’s first interior designers and, remarkably, many of his inspired details and embellishments have survived for more than 90 years.

 

Henry Davis Sleeper is best noted for his magnificent mansion on Gloucester Harbor, which he designed initially as a three-room cottage in 1907 and expanded it during the decades to become the architectural showplace it is today.

 

Called Beauport, it is now owned by Historic New England and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

In 1926, Sleeper purchased a brick double house at 90-90A Chestnut St., gutted the interior, refaced the exterior with dark Gloucester brick, added a fourth floor with a limestone balustrade and installed an elevator.

 

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