The story of our show house makeover starts with this “before” picture of the Bride’s Room in the Endicott Mansion at Glen Magna Farm. Charming to be sure……..and the portrait over the bed helps us create a connection to the rich history of this property.
However- the story completely changes when I looked a bit closer at the magnificent portrait of this beautiful woman. I even recognize her. She’s famous! Mary Endicott married Joseph Chamberlain (a British member of Parliament and Secretary of State for the Colonies) and eventually moved to England. She was so wealthy and influential that she had her portrait painted by John Singer Sargent in 1902 and now (along with many other family members portraits) it hangs in the National Gallery of Art.
She slept in the Bride’s Room!
Come see the transformation at the Designers Holiday Showhouse 12/1-12/15. http://www.danvershistory.org/events/special.html