Board of Trustees member William Cross speaks about the speculative land developments of Cyrus A. Bartol, who was at one time the pastor of the Old West Church in Boston. Bartol became enamored with Manchester-by-the-Sea in the late 1800s after a visit and purchased land on three prominent points in the town. He subsequently capitalized on the enthusiasm of wealthy Bostonians to own a summer residence on Massachusetts’ north shore by building and selling numerous houses on his properties, many of which still stand today in altered form. Cross leads the audience step-by-step through a slide show that chronicles Bartol’s real estate activities and winds up by assessing the financial success of his venture. The images in this presentation offer an extensive tutorial in the development of residential architectural design through the years.
Subject List: Cyrus A. Bartol; Phrenology; Fitz Henry Lane; Tuck’s Point; Sanford Robinson Gifford; Smith’s Point; Winslow Homer ; Norton’s Point; J. Warren Merrill; Lobster Cove; Orson Squire Fowler; Proctor Cove; Junius Wilkes Booth; Masconomo House; Arthur Little; Kragsyde; Frederick Law Olmstead; Peabody and Stearns; George Nixon Black Jr.; Manchester Chowder House; Manchester Yacht Club; Manchester Rotunda; Shingle style architecture.