Historic Walking Tour
Endicott’s historic buildings are one of the distinguishing characteristics of the College which once were used as summer homes by some of Boston’s most prominent families.
Along Massachusetts’ North Shore, the “Gold Coast” — site of glittering parties and elaborate weddings—was, for a few weeks each summer, a playground for the well to do. From Nahant to Magnolia some of the country’s wealthiest citizens built sprawling estates that provided breezy ocean respite from their urban dwellings. The homes, including these owned by Endicott College, were designed by the leading architects of the day and featured palatial high ceilinged rooms for entertaining, large terraces, elaborate gardens, tennis courts, and stables for the family thoroughbreds.
The families who summered here in Beverly lived in close proximity as neighbors in Boston’s Back Bay. During the summer months these families attended each other’s family weddings, partied on lawns and verandas, rode their horses at Myopia Hunt Club, and sailed the waters of Massachusetts Bay.
Endicott College restored and continues to care for these buildings on the historic walking tour. Today they serve as residence halls, administrative buildings, and conference centers. Download a copy of the Endicott Historic Walking Tour Brochure