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College Hall's original owner, William Amory Gardner, was born in 1863 and brought up by his aunt, Isabella Stuart Gardner, of Fenway Court fame. He was the second son of Joseph and Harriet Sears Gardner. His mother died when he was 2, and after the death of his father 10 years later, Gardner inherited 1/3 of the Beverly Prides Crossing property. He became the sole owner after he bought out one brother and the other passed away. The Tudor style building was designed for Gardner by Mr. Henry Richards of Gardiner Maine between 1915-1917 and is known as "Stone House." Mr. Gardner was educated at Harvard, and along with the Revs. Endicott Peabody and Sherrard Billings founded the Groton School in Groton Massachusetts in 1884. Endicott leased the building in 1939 and purchased it in 1940. Over the years, sections of the building have been used for academic classes, administrative offices, and as a residence hall, library, and chapel. In 1980 the top floor was converted into a home for the third president of the college.
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Tupper, Eleanor. Endicott and I. Manchester, MA: Cricket Press, 1985.