Hanna’s Room

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“I fled up the steps into my own room and shut the door tight. Here was quiet and peace as I stretched myself out on my long bunk bed. . . . In through the amber windows, my little dream windows, came the soft salty air.”

Hanna Monaghan

Since Hanna’s room was close to Howard Street and the sound of passers-by, she carefully designed it as her sanctuary. She designed a built-in bed under the lean-to where the horses’ food bin had been incorporating a tiny book shelf for her Bible; found gold-colored windows to fill the room with a warm glow and so that she could peek out, but others could not peek in; and decorated in bright colors to match her personality.


Banner photo from Greater Light, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), Historic Structure Report No. 102, 1983 in the NHA Library Collections.

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