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Eleonora Sears Provides the Inspiration for local designer’s “Favorite Spaces” at the Wenham Museum’s 2010 Spring Benefit

(Beverly Farms, MA – May 11, 2010) – Patricia Finn, ASID Allied Member, Finn-Martens Design of Beverly Farms, has lent her imagination and design skills once again for the benefit of the Wenham Museum’s North Shore Design Show: Favorite Spaces.  Ms. Finn has created “A Game Room for Eleonora Sears” in a nod to the story reported in the book Prides Crossing by Peggy Miller Franck.  Miss Sears, known as Eleo, was a legendary figure in Prides Crossing, the Myopia Hunt Club and the Essex County Club.  In 1940, Eleo played a backgammon match against Frederick Alger, a powerful, Michigan-based politician.  By match end, she had won the title to Rock Edge, his magni?cent Prides Crossing ocean-front estate.  Frederick Alger left the table with a hard-earned lesson and a life-long memory of the indomitable Miss Sears.

For last year’s North Shore Design Show, Pat transformed the museum’s coat closet into a dining car on the Orient Express, including the installation of wood paneling on the walls, brass railings and sconce lighting, and even a coved ceiling and train “window.”

About The Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum’s mission is to protect, preserve and interpret the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore, domestic life and the artifacts of childhood.  Favorite Spaces runs from May 15-22, 10am-4pm.  Tickets: (in advance) members $12, non-members $15 and $20 at the door.  Wenham Museum is located at 132 Main Street (Route 1A), Wenham, MA, 978-468-2377

Directions to the Wenham Museum: From points south: Take Route 128 north to exit 20-A (Route 1A – Hamilton). Follow Route 1A north for 2.3 miles. The Museum is on the right before the Wenham Town Hall.

From points north: Take Route 95 South to Route 128 North. Then follow the previous directions.

Public Transportation: Commuter rail to Hamilton-Wenham; 15-minute walk south from the depot on Route 1A.

About Finn-Martens Design

Patricia Finn started Finn-Martens Design in 2001 after earning a degree from the New York School of Interior Design.  Her design concepts are based on an accumulation of years of knowledge regarding homes, property values, and what makes for wise investment choices in remodeling. Pat is equally comfortable putting added value into property with her designs or managing an active project on site. She has participated in designer show houses of the Junior League of Boston, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, 20th Annual York (Maine) Decorator Show House, The College Club of Boston’s 2008 Restoration & Designers Showcase, and last May in the North Shore Design Show: Tablescapes fund-raising event at the Wenham Museum.

Contact: Barbara Gomperts

Phone: 978-745-5944


Date: May 10, 2010