“We were giving a concert one evening. The high spirit of our summer. Fifty or so guests had been invited . . . The acoustics in the studio were perfect, the silence flawless between notes.”
The Monaghans had designed the studio as a place for relaxation and entertainment and as a place to display the many furnishings and objets d’art, as Hanna would say, that they’d collected from all over the world. Here they’d also display their own art in paintings, hooked rugs, and embroidery. They built in a small raised platform next to the great church window to accommodate the many concerts and small theatricals they held over the years, enjoyed by family and friends.
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Banner photo from Greater Light, Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N), Historic Structure Report No. 102, 1983 in the NHA Library Collections.