Support the news

In Building Kragsyde Replica, Author Discovers Rich History Of Boston Man Who Once Called Mansion Home06:20Download

Play
Author Jane Goodrich fell in love with the original Kragsyde home, built on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea in the late 1800s, at 12 years old. When she found out it had been torn down she decided to rebuild it on the Maine coast. That version of the Kragsyde home is pictured here. (Bret Morgan)MoreCloseclosemore
Author Jane Goodrich fell in love with the original Kragsyde home, built on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea in the late 1800s, at 12 years old. When she found out it had been torn down she decided to rebuild it on the Maine coast. That version of the Kragsyde home is pictured here. (Bret Morgan)

This is a love story about a mansion, the man who once lived in it, and the woman who felt such a connection to the house that she built one of her own.

The shingle-style house is called Kragsyde. It was built on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea in the late 1800s. In the mid 1900s, Jane Goodrich was a 12-year-old living in Vermont. She saw a picture of the home in a book and became infatuated with it.

The original Kragsyde home on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea was an icon of American architecture, designed by the firm Peabody and Stearns.(Wikimedia Commons)
The original Kragsyde home on the coast of Manchester-by-the-Sea was an icon of American architecture, designed by the firm Peabody and Stearns.(Wikimedia Commons)

After college, Goodrich and her boyfriend went to search for the house and found out it had been torn down years before. They were crestfallen. But then it occurred to them they could rebuild it for themselves, by themselves, up on the Maine coast.

The couple located a Northeastern University professor who also admired Kragsyde and had the blueprints. They learned Kragsyde was an icon of American architecture, designed by the firm Peabody and Stearns.

And in building their replica near Bar Harbor, Goodrich and the man who became her husband discovered the rich history of the man who called the original Kragsyde home — Boston philanthropist George Nixon Black.

George Nixon Black with his dog (Courtesy Jane Goodrich)
George Nixon Black with his dog (Courtesy Jane Goodrich)

Jane Goodrich has written a fictional account of that man. She joined WBUR's All Things Considered to discuss the novel, titled "The House at Lobster Cove." She says the house still captures people's imagination.

This segment aired on May 22, 2017.

+Join the discussion
Share
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news

ARTery funding is provided by the Barr Foundation to inspire creativity.