Downtown Campus CAM Green Campus

Cape Ann Museum Green, staff photo.

The Museum owns and maintains four unique historic structures: The Captain Elias Davis House (c. 1799-1804), the White-Ellery House (1710); The Babson-Alling House (c.1740) and an early New England barn (c. 1740). Together these buildings provide visitors with unique and thought-provoking points of entry into the social and economic history of this region over the past 400 years. The latter three of these buildings form part of the Cape Ann Museum Green and are integral to the Museum’s new contemporary art initiatives.

Stabilization work on each of the Museum’s four historic structures was supported by the City of Gloucester’s Community Preservation Act Grant Program.

The Capt. Elias Davis House

The Captain Elias Davis House, located in Gloucester’s downtown neighborhood, was constructed between 1799 and 1804 and has been the headquarters of the Cape Ann Museum since 1923. The Davis House exhibits a mix of late Georgian and Federal detailing inside and out.

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The White-Ellery House

The White-Ellery House, built c.1710, has been owned by the Museum since 1947 and is one of just a handful of early eighteenth century structures in the region exhibiting much of its original interior detailing. This “saltbox” house features an integral lean-to roof that spans the length of the structure.

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The Babson-Alling House

The Babson-Alling House was acquired by the Museum in 2019, having been in private ownership since its construction around 1740. While just 50 years separate the house from the nearby White-Ellery House, the Babson-Alling House exhibits a sense of refinement within its rooms that is absent in the earlier structure.

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Early New England Barn

This three-bay barn, built c.1740, sits on its original foundation. Its frame is made of wood that was readily available in the area during colonial times: hemlock, oak and eastern white pine. The frame was joined using techniques brought over from England by early settlers.

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