The King Hooper Mansion, home of the Marblehead Arts Association since 1938 was built by Greenfield Hooper, a candle maker, in 1728. His son, Robert Hooper, a wealthy shipping merchant, added the front section of the house in 1745. He was given the affectionate title of “King” by local seamen because of his reputation for geniality and fairness.
The rooms of the Mansion include a graceful parlor, a dining room, a small rear gallery, a second floor gallery and a third floor ballroom, which houses a Steinway piano. The original wine cellar of the Hooper’s is located in the basement and opens onto the King Hooper Garden, meticulously maintained by the Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are within walking distance of four churches and two public parks overlooking picturesque Marblehead Harbor, and we have the most elegant grand staircase for entrances and exits.
The King Hooper Mansion is the home of the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA), which includes 500 plus artist and non-artist members. Every month there are new art exhibits in the four galleries within the Mansion, which includes the Ballroom on the third floor, Parlor, Dining Room and Hendrick galleries on the first floor. The second floor includes an exhibit space that tells the history of the Marblehead Arts with work from the founding members. This floor also includes our Emerging Artist gallery featuring the work of young local artists.
Please feel free to stop by for a self tour of our facilities. We are open on Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, noon–5pm, Saturday, 10–5pm.
For more information please contact our event manager at the King Hooper Mansion at 781-631-2608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.