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December 8, 2013

Mansion makeover

Designers bring elegant new look to historic treasure

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The show is a fundraiser for the Danvers Historical Society and celebrates 50 years since it acquired the property.

The mansion, which is currently used for weddings and other functions, hosts 10,000 visitors per year and was last redecorated around 30 years ago, Eisenhauer said.

Funds raised by the show will help refurbish the Derby Summer House, a two-story teahouse that was designed and built by McIntire in 1794 and moved to Glen Magna in 1901.

This structure is also a National Historic Landmark, where it is on a par in importance with the White House, Eisenhauer said, but it needs restoration that is expected to cost $100,000.

“Next year, it will be 220 years old,” he said. “Hopefully, when we’re done, it will last another 220 years.”

IF YOU GO

What: Designers’ Holiday Show House

When: Through Dec. 15, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Endicott Mansion, Glen Magna Farms, 181 Ingersoll St., Danvers

Meet the designers: Designers will be in their rooms on Friday, Dec. 6; Monday, Dec. 9; and Thursday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $20, available at designersholidayshowhouse-es2.eventbrite.com or at the door

More information: 978-777-1666 or cgareri@danvershistory.org

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