Two Families One Roof

by Editorial

The story of the Hay-Adams House starts with two enterprising couples

By Donna Evers

The Hay-Adams house upon completion in 1886.

The Hay-Adams house upon completion in 1886.

Houses bear witness to triumphs and tragedies. The construction and history of a property — and its destruction, in the case of the Hay-Adams House — tells the story of the men and women who inhabited it and the Gilded Age in which they lived.

Henry Adams, great-grandson of President John Adams and grandson of John Quincy Adams, grew up in privileged circumstances in Boston in the mid-1800’s. He wrote many books throughout his life and is best remembered for his autobiography, “The Education of Henry Adams,” an insightful book about the social fabric of this country in the era following the Civil War.

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