The Nantucket Hotel // 1891

In 1888, Charles F. Folger of Philadelphia purchased the former Elijah Alley house on Easton Street, just north of the main village of Nantucket. Folger hired carpenter Edwin R. Smith to design and build a new grand hotel for summer residents of Nantucket. Originally named the Point Breeze Hotel, the grand resort opened in the summer of 1891. The Queen Anne style hotel contained forty sleeping apartments in the upper floors and was dominated by a corner tower with billiards rooms and a bowling alley in the raised brick basement. Business was booming, and by the early 20th century, Folger expanded the hotel adding the east wing in the Colonial Revival style. In 1925, a fire destroyed the original Point Breeze Hotel, leaving just the East Wing. By this time, the days of the grand, wooden hotels was coming to a close. The Nantucket Institution for Savings acquired the hotel during the Great Depression, until 1936 when Gordon Folger Jr., grandson of the Point Breezeā€™s original proprietor, purchased the hotel and renamed it after himself, as the Gordon Folger Hotel. By the end of the 20th century, the building sat underutilized, the early 2000s when Little Gem Resorts purchased the hotel, seeking to restore this historic property back to her former glory. The original 1891 hotel was rebuilt in 2012, even down to its iconic corner tower, and the hotel was renamed The Nantucket. The hotel is open year-round and is lavish inside and out, providing you with a sense of home even when on vacation in the middle of the Atlantic!

Christian Endeavor Building // 1917

Located at the corner of Mount Vernon and Joy Streets in Beacon Hill, this six-story Georgian Revival building showcases the real estate market in Boston. Built in 1917, the building was designed by Oscar A. Thayer, an architect who specialized in Colonial Revival design. The Georgian Revival building was constructed to house the offices of the United Society of Christian Endeavor. Founded in Portland, Maine in 1881, the Society assisted churches with reaching the youth of their communities with the Gospel.

By 1930, in addition to the Christian Endeavor Society, this building contained Golden Rule Publishers and a couple other small publishing companies. Ironically, the Christian Endeavor movement reached the zenith of its success in Germany in 1930 on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power. In that year, 80,000 Christian youth with delegates from 112 countries convened in Berlin for a convention. By the early 1940s, with the commencement of war, the Christian Endeavor Movement began to decline (though they are still active today). The building was later occupied by Little, Brown, Inc. publishers. Begun in 1837, this publishing house was Houghton and Mifflin’s chief rival for several generations. Little & Brown Publishing Co. began publishing law texts but won its first real literary acclaim with the nineteenth-century historic works of Francis Parkman. They were later acquired by Time-Warner and relocated to New York City.

The building was recently converted to just seven condo units, but units were originally listed beginning at $5.15 million! Developed by Chevron Partners with Meyer and Meyer Architects working on the restoration and penthouse addition, the building has become one of the premier luxury buildings in the city.