Larz Anderson Auto Museum
The museum is located in an historic and incredibly opulent carriage house and boasts that it holds "America's Oldest Car Collection."
Backstory and Context
Bostonian Isabel Weld Perkins, born in March of 1876, was raised in the city by the prominent Weld family. After finishing her education, she traveled abroad and met Larz Anderson, who was serving at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. The two fell in love and married in 1897; they spent their time between their 3 homes in Washington D.C, New Hampshire, and Brookline, MA.
The idea for the museum grew out of a family Sunday tradition where the Anderson’s would open their carriage house doors and share their collection with the public. Their famous collection began with their acquirement of an 1899 Winton 4-hp Runabout, grew to include 32 cars, and they continued to collect until Isabel’s death in 1948. In 1927, the Anderson’s opened the carriage house for tours and their cars have been on display ever since.