The Stacy House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1899 by prominent builder and hotelier George O. Stacy and designed by Phillips and Holloran. Stacy was widely known for his many accomplishments in building the tourist trade in East Gloucester, through many ‘summer cottages’ on Eastern Point, four of the most celebrated hotels on the North Shore including the 300-room Colonial Arms (circa 1908) and later Stacy Boulevard and the famous Fisherman Statue. Because of the color, shape and the fact that the house was a wedding gift to George Stacy’s bride, Jane Parker, it became known as the Wedding Cake House. Unfortunately, the couple never lived there. Mrs. Stacy refused to live on the isolated Bass Rocks which was, and sometimes still is, virtually empty in the winter.
Jerome Remmick, of the New York music publishing company, rented the house as a summer home until Stacy's death in 1928. The house was then sold to Catherine Sterns who renamed her home Rockmont. Mrs. Sterns and her family enjoyed many summers on Bass Rocks until selling in 1946 to Karl and Jane Muller, also prominent in the tourist and development business in Gloucester. For the next fourteen years, Rockmont spent its summers as a private home, guest house and even a restaurant for some time. By then, the Mullers had moved down the street to Twin Light Manor and built the first modern hotel in Gloucester in that century.
In 1960, the Mullers sold Rockmont and the surrounding land to their sons Gerald and Geoffrey. Over the next decade, the two adjacent buildings were constructed and Bass Rocks Motor Inn was born. Operated for 30 years by Gerald and his wife Geraldine, the motor inn became a favorite vacation spot for thousands of families. With a new generation at the helm, many changes have been made to Bass Rocks Ocean Inn. While always keeping in mind that our guests are truly looking to get away from it all, life is not always so easy. So we have incorporated some of the modern conveniences into our beachy lifestyle. Gone are the days when your phone call was announced from the bullhorn over the lobby door (remember that?) and if you weren't in by 10 p.m., you stayed out for the night. Some days you just want to enjoy doing nothing with a good book or good movie. And some days, you want to pack in as many activities as you can.
In 2007, the second floor of the Stacy House underwent an extensive renovation to the guest rooms. Having not been used for decades, the essentials we have come to expect had to be added. We replaced the gas lamps, the shared bathrooms and the creaky floors with three suites featuring a bedroom with king size pillow-top beds, separate sitting area or room, Jacuzzi tubs, and one with a gas fireplace built into the original fireplace. Telephones, flat screen HDTV’s, and internet access add to the magnificent views 30 feet above the rocky cliffs. The original architecture of the house was the design theme and much of the original woodwork and room structure was preserved.
We loved our new look in the Stacy House and decided to continue the same throughout the Oceanfront House and the Seaside House. After redecorating both in 2008 and 2009, the winter of 2010 brought us a big surprise. A storm in February literally took the roof off the Oceanfront House. We took this opportunity to double the size of the center veranda and patio, and extend the roof across the entire middle balcony. Wrought iron railings were replaced with glass and the Carolina brick was replaced with white stucco. The next winter, we replaced the red brick on the Seaside House and completed the look across the entire property. We completed the exterior by installing those very quiet split system air conditioners and installing new 9 foot sliding glass doors.
Our latest project ... rebuilding the pool and patio area. The day we closed in October of 2013, we demolished the old pool from the 1960’s. The new pool has been moved down more than six feet from the original pool deck and further from the room patios. At 60 feet long, laps will be more invigorating and with ramps all the way into the pool, we hope everyone will have a chance to enjoy it! The upper terrace outside the Stacy House and the lower terrace at pool level for cookouts, all paved in granite and surrounded with roses, hydrangeas and blueberry bushes complete a stunning picture with the ocean in the background. For winding down after your adventures on the beach, on the ocean or exploring Cape Ann’s nooks and crannies, sink into our oversized couches around the gas fire pit.