Nestled in the garden behind the Gardner-Pingree House at 128 Essex Street in Salem is a hidden treasure ~ the Derby-Beebe Summer House. Designed by Samuel McIntire and built in 1799, it is one of the finest examples of Adams-esque Federal architecture in Massachusetts. The one-room building, originally located on the grounds of the Beebe Farm in Wakefield, was acquired by the Peabody Essex Museum and moved to its present location where it now keeps company with the afore-mentioned quince tree. It should also be noted that it is one of only two surviving summer houses designed by McIntire ~ the other, the Derby Summer House, was built in 1793 and is presently located in Danvers.
And tomorrow ~ a literary house tour (of sorts)! Hmmm...I wonder if you can guess.