The Rich History Behind Stoneacre: A 9+ Bedroom Waterfront Estate in Gloucester, MA

The Rich History Behind Stoneacre: A 9+ Bedroom Waterfront Estate in Gloucester, MA

Stoneacre: A History Behind the Home


In the summer of 1912, ground was broken on a monumental project from famed North Shore builders J.T. Wilson and Boston designers Bellows and Aldrich. The project, dubbed "Stoneacre" was a highly striking estate, reminiscent of the grandiose architectural monuments created by Henry Hobson Richardson for his patrons, the Ames family, to bestow upon North Easton.




Stoneacre would become the summer home of Mr. an Mrs. Frederick Garrison Hall. Evelyn Hall was the eldest daughter of Governor Oliver Ames, politician, capitalist, and, in his retirement, patron of the Boston arts.


Evelyn was related, through the marriage of her brother, to Blanche Ames, granddaughter of General Adelbert Ames and great-granddaughter of Ben Butler, proprietor of the Ames Estate at Bay View.


The grounds of Stoneacre were the picturesque setting for upscale events, highlighted by courtyards and loggias and porticos arched with intricate carvings, an abundance of classical sculptures, stone walls embracing stone walls, exotic landscaping with pines and other flora rarely seen on the Point, and a studio for the master.


Left: Newspaper Clipping of Marriage Between Evelyn Ames and Frederick Garrison Hall
Right: "By the Pond" Etching by Frederick Garrison Hall. Courtesy of Brier Hill Gallery.


Evelyn and Frederick Hall were among Eastern Point’s most interesting personalities for nearly twenty-five years. Evelyn was said to be one of the finest amateur pianists in Boston, accomplished enough but much too shy to appear professionally. Frederick was a portraitist who was best known for his etchings of French city scenes. He collected jade and oriental art and was a devotee of carved wood, which adorns Stoneacre at every turn.


Not long after they moved to Stoneacre, the Halls gave a dance for their niece Pauline, Oakes Ames’s daughter and the future Mrs. T.P. Plimpton of New York. She recalled how her aunt’s spacious music room, said to be an acoustic tour de force, was the romantic setting for her property, opening onto the terrace that sits over the harbor like a castle on the Rhine.




Stoneacre's remarkable "Sea Room" imparts a perfect harmony with the coastal tides.


The “Sea Room” resounded to many memorable musicales. The Halls frequently invited more than a hundred guests, including Harpo Marx, a close friend and often house guest. Remembering her aunt, Mrs. Plimpton reflects, “She was an extraordinary musician, extremely shy about her playing, that she never did play professionally. But when the mood to play came to her, there was no one equal to the romantic bravura of her touch.”


The mood might come at any hour – in the middle of the night, perhaps, when Evelyn, suddenly overcome by a desire to play, would fill the house with her delicate melodies. Neighbor Helen Patch Gray remembered her uncle hurrying over to Stoneacre in his pajamas: “Doors were opened to the harbor and the music poured out. He always treasured those memories”.

Eastern Point: A History Behind the Neighborhood


Stoneacre is situated in the Eastern Point neighborhood of Gloucester, Massachusetts.


Eastern Point became a popular vacation spot for wealthy families in the late 19th century, when the Niles farm was sold to the Eastern Point Associates. 


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Its remarkable beauty attracted the attention of a wealth of artists including Fitz Henry Lane, Edward Hopper, William Morris Hunt and Winslow Homer. Rocky Neck Art Colony, located down the street from Eastern Point, remains the traditional heart of the local arts community.


Eastern Point continues to attract a variety of residents, inspired by the beautiful harbor’s distinctive charm, grandeur and individuality. The neighborhood is home to several historic landmarks and within close proximity to private clubs, and renowned restaurants and cafés.

Stoneacre: A Voyage in Grandeur


With rich history and palatial architectural heritage, Stoneacre offers the ultimate residence for intimate waterfront living.


71 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, MA

9+ Bedrooms | 6 Full, 3 Half Bathrooms | 9,981 Square-Feet



Perched on the water's edge along Gloucester’s coveted Eastern Point, Stoneacre is an estate unlike any other.


Several open gathering rooms provide the ultimate retreat for grand living and entertaining. The nautical-inspired design is reinforced through rich details, high ceilings, gleaming hardwoods, and breathtaking views at every turn. Luxurious design meets ultimate function in the spacious chef’s kitchen.


With a variety of well-equipped cooking stations, the space is fit for both intimate dinners and grand celebrations. Stoneacre’s finished lower level comprises of a wet bar, billiards room, and original wine cellar.


A wood-paneled sauna, large steam room, and outdoor jacuzzi offer a spa-like retreat. The immaculately maintained grounds also offer direct waterfront access with a 12’ x 42’ deep water dock and two moorings.


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