Fenway Court: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston and Fenway. For baseball fans, the words conjure the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. For art and history lovers, they are directions to Fenway Court, the residence and art education center built by Isabella Stewart Gardner. My baseball loving husband and I recently visited the museum and agree that Fenway Court may be the brightest jewel in the city’s cache of riches. Isabella Stewart, born in New York City in 1840, was the sole surviving child of David Stewart who made a fortune in Irish linen and mining. She married Jack Gardner in 1860 and moved to Boston. The couple traveled to Norway, Russia, Japan, Cambodia, China, India, Egypt, Nubia (today, northern Sudan and southern E

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