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Halfdan M. Hanson Architectural Collection, 1903-1978

Collection of manuscripts from Halfdan M. Hanson, who is well-known as the architect of Beauport in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Portrait of Hanson
Portrait of Halfdan M. Hanson, c. 1914.

The Halfdan M. Hanson architectural collection contains drawings for numerous projects and the records of his architectural practice. Of special significance are materials related to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a project he undertook with interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper, in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

This collection contains:

  • Architectural drawings
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records

Explore the searchable finding aid to discover more about Halfdan Hanson's architectural practice.

Contact the Library and Archives. Visit Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.

Letter from Sleeper to Hanson, 1917
First page of a letter from Henry Davis Sleeper to Halfdan M. Hanson, written on December 26, 1917, asking Hanson to, for friendship's sake, make weekly visits to Beauport to see that the work being done proceeds as it should while Sleeper recovers from a broken leg.
Letter from Sleeper to Hanson, January 1921
First page of a letter from Henry Davis Sleeper to Halfdan M. Hanson written on January 4, 1921, in which Sleeper thanks Hanson for plans Hanson created, commenting that Hanson solved all the problems, as usual, with great success. Sleeper also mentions Caroline Sinkler and the Cogswell house in Essex, Massachusetts.
Letter from Sleeper to Hanson, March 1921
First page of a letter from Henry Davis Sleeper to Halfdan M. Hanson written on March 4, 1921, in which Sleeper suggests that Hanson spend time in Colorado for his health, a suggestion Hanson took.
Halfdan M. Hanson Architectural Collection, 1903-1978