Created By: Historic Northampton/Forbes Library
Adams House 40 Round Hill Road. This set back structure was part of the Clarke school campus at the time Coolidge lived here from 1897 to 1905. It was the home of friend Robert Weir, former housemate of Coolidge at 63 Center St.,who was at the time the Steward of the Clarke School for the Deaf. It was while living here that Coolidge met Grace Goodhue. Legend has it that he first saw Grace in the garden below while looking out the window of Weir’s house. One version of this story has her spotting him in the window mid-shave, wearing only a derby hat and long underwear, which prompted her to laugh aloud, laughter which he heard and looked down and spotted Grace below. Grace was living at the time at Gawith Hall, a large 1871 dormitory closer to the road, more visible and to the right of Adams if you are facing the buildings from the street. It is currently being renovated and restored to be used as offices.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Calvin Coolidge Walking Tour