Perched on a rock ledge over looking the Gloucester Harbor, Beauport is the summer home of interior designer, Henry Davis Sleeper (1878 – 1934). Sleeper, a nationally – noted antiquarian and collector, and one of the first professional interior designers in the United States, began building Beauport in 1907. He eventually enlarged the house to over 40 rooms filled with a lifetime collection that includes period furniture, glassware, books, ceramics, hooked rugs, silhouettes and curiosities arranged within various rooms, many of which are decorated to evoke different historical and literary themes.
After Sleeper’s death, Beauport was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCann, who left most of Sleeper’s arrangements and collections intact. The house is framed by newly restored Arts and Crafts-style terraces that include intimate garden rooms with dramatic views of the harbor.