We Believe
About Us
About Us
Grow Your Soul
Do Justice
Religious Education
Grow Your Soul

This Sunday's Worship
Service 11 am

Religious Education & Family Ministries
Our Sunday School and More

GHOP Origin of Rooms' Names

To Book a Room or for more information, please visit
The Guest House Off Park's website directly  -


Guest House Off Park
Room Descriptions

1. 32/1 - THE MAY SARTON
3. 32/5 - THE SUSAN BEA
6. 32/8 - P.T. BARNUM
7. 32/9 - THE JAMES REEB
8. 32/10 - THE RALPH WALDO
12. 30/304R - THE HOSEA BALLOU
13. 30/304F - THE WALT WHITMAN
14. 26/4R - THE LOUISA MAY

Key: After numbering the rooms 1 through 16, the next 2 digits are the address on East 35th Street. [or 10/P = 10 Park Avenue] After the / is the unit number in that building.

1. 32/1 - THE MAY SARTON

The May Sarton features two twin sized beds in a first floor studio apartment. It has hardwood floors and also offers a kitchenette and private bathroom. This is a favorite of our longtime guests!

Eleonor Mary Sarton, a.k.a. May Sarton, was born on May 3, 1912, in Wondelgem, Belgium. Three years later her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts. She went to school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started theatre lessons in her late teens.

In 1945 she met her partner for the next thirteen years, Judy Matlack, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Honey in the Hive (1988) is about their relationship. They separated when Sarton's father died and she moved to Nelson, New Hampshire. She later moved to York, Maine.

She lectured at various universities, namely Harvard University, and Wellesley College.

She died of breast cancer on July 16, 1995. Top


This apartment is a favorite with larger groups and families. It features hardwood floors, prewar style theatre ceilings and large windows for a dramatic effect. This apartment also has kitchenette and private bathroom. There is a private bedroom with one full sized bed and the studio area has two twin-sized beds.

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author and illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist, best known for her children's books, which featured animal characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Born into a privileged household, Potter was educated by governesses, and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and through holidays in Scotland and the Lake District developed a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all which she closely observed and painted. As a young woman her parents discouraged intellectual development, but her study and paintings of fungi led her to be widely respected in the field of mycology. In her thirties Potter published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and became secretly engaged to her publisher Norman Warne causing a breach with her parents, who disapproved of his social status. Warne died before the wedding could take place.

Potter eventually published 23 children's books, and having become financially independent of her parents, was able to buy a farm in the Lake District, which she extended with other purchases over time. In her forties she married a local solicitor, William Heelis. She became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate children's books. Potter died in 1943, and left almost all of her property to The National Trust in order to preserve the beauty of the Lake District as she had known it, protecting it from developers.

Potter's books continue to sell well throughout the world, in multiple languages. Her stories have been retold in various formats, including a ballet, films and in animation. Top

3. 32/5 - THE SUSAN BEA

This apartment is another favorite with large groups and families features high ceilings and two full sized beds, one in the studio area and the other in a private bedroom. Like all of our apartments, it also has its own bathroom and separate kitchenette.

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to secure women's suffrage in the United States. She traveled the United States and Europe, and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on women's rights for some 45 years. Susan B. Anthony died in Rochester, New York in her house at 17 Madison Street on March 13, 1906, and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. Top


This apartment has a kitchenette and private bathroom. It also has one full sized bed and one pull out sofa to sleep an additional two guests.

Whitney Moore Young Jr. (July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971) was an African American civil rights leader.

He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively fought for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised. Top


The Fannie Farmer apartment features one full sized bed in the main area and one twin bed which is in a separate bedroom. This apartment has pre-war style high ceilings, large windows and a private bathroom. There is a fully functional kitchen shared with an adjacent apartment, the P.T. Barnum. Many of our large groups opt to rent these two apartments!

Fannie Merritt Farmer (23 March 1857 - 15 January 1915) was an American culinary expert whose Boston Cooking-School Cook Book became a widely used culinary text.

Farmer was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA to Mary Watson Merritt and John Franklin Farmer. Although she was the oldest of four daughters, born in a family that highly valued education and that expected young Fannie to go to college, she suffered a paralytic stroke at the age of 16 while attending Medford High School. Fannie could not continue her formal academic education; for several years, she was unable to walk and remained in her parents' care at home.

At the age of 30, Farmer, now walking (but with a substantial limp that never left her), enrolled in the Boston Cooking School at the suggestion of Mrs. Charles Shaw. Farmer trained at the school until 1889 during the height of the domestic science movement, learning what were then considered the most critical elements of the science, including nutrition and diet for the well, convalescent cookery, techniques of cleaning and sanitation, chemical analysis of food, techniques of cooking and baking, and household management. Farmer was considered one of the school's top students. In 1891, she took the position of school principal. Top

6. 32/8 - P.T. BARNUM

This lovely and spacious apartment has a private bathroom, two full sized beds and one twin bed. One of the full sized beds is in a separate bedroom. This apartment shares a fully functional kitchen with the Fannie Farmer apartment, so many of our larger groups choose to rent both apartments!

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman who is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum never flinched from his stated goal "to put money in his own coffers." He was a businessman above all else, his profession was pure entertainment, and he was perhaps the first "show business" millionaire. He never said "There's a sucker born every minute" as is famously ascribed, but his rebuttal to his critics was often "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me." Although famous for his brazen self-promotion and blatant puffery, he understood his times and profited from them brilliantly. Top

7. 32/9 - THE JAMES REEB

The James Reeb is a distinctive apartment with a brick wall and nonworking fireplace in the studio area. This apartment features hardwood floors and kitchen as well as an ample size dining area ideal for entertaining. There is a full sized bed in a private bedroom and the studio contains a pull out sofa for two additional guests.

James Reeb (January 1, 1927 — March 11, 1965) was an American white Unitarian Universalist minister from Boston, Massachusetts who, while marching for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, was beaten to death by segregationists [1]. He was 38 years old.

James Reeb was born in Wichita, Kansas. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, Reeb was active in the civil rights movement, and encouraged his parishioners to do the same. With his wife and four children, he lived in poor black neighborhoods where he felt he could do the most good. Until a few months before his death, he had been Assistant Minister at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C.

A member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Reeb took part in the Selma to Montgomery protest march in 1965. While in Selma on March 9, Reeb was attacked by a white mob armed with clubs, which inflicted massive head injuries. He died in a Birmingham hospital two days later. His death resulted in a national outcry against the activities of white racists in the Deep South, although some expressed indignation that it took the death of a white man to incite such a national outcry. This is to be compared with the case of Jimmie Lee Jackson, who was shot by police in Selma two weeks earlier while protecting his mother from a beating; his case attracted much less national attention.

President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the events in Selma \"an American tragedy,\" which, he said, should strengthen people's determination \"to bring full and equal and exact justice to all of our people.\" Johnson's voting rights proposal reached Congress the Monday after Reeb's death.

The James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Madison, Wisconsin is named in honor of Rev. Reeb. Top

8. 32/10 - THE RALPH WALDO

This apartment features one full-sized bed and one twin sofabed with kitchenette and private bathroom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early 19th century. His teachings greatly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid 1800s.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. As a result of this ground breaking work he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which is considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence." He once said \"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."

Emerson was considered one of the great orators of the time. His enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. His support for abolitionism late in life created controversy, and at times he was subject to abuse from crowds while speaking on the topic, however this was not always the case. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was "the infinitude of the private man." Top


This apartment has one full sized bed in a studio setting with kitchenette and private bathroom.

Annie Bissell Jordan Willis (1893-1977) worked for a school and social work center for children, especially African American children, in Suffolk, Virginia, after her father had converted to Universalism after hearing Rev. Quillen Shinn and becoming a minister. Top


This apartment features a kitchenette and private bathroom with one twin sized bed and one sofabed.

Maria (pronounced Ma-RYE-ah) Mitchell was born on August 1, 1818, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and was a first cousin four times removed of Benjamin Franklin. She had nine brothers and sisters. Her parents, William Mitchell and Lydia Coleman Mitchell, were Quakers. Maria was born into a community unusual for its time in regard to equality for women. Her parents, like other Quakers, valued education and insisted on giving her the same quality of education that boys received. The Quaker religion taught, among other things, intellectual equality between the sexes. Additionally, Nantucket's importance as a whaling port meant the wives of sailors were left for months and sometimes years to manage affairs while their husbands were at sea, thus fostering an atmosphere of relative independence and equality for the women who called the island home. In spite of this, the women of Nantucket still lacked the right to own property or to vote, among other things.

After attending Elizabeth Gardener's small school in her earliest childhood years, Maria attended the North Grammar school, where William Mitchell was the first principal. Two years following the founding of that school, when Maria was eleven, her father built his own school on Howard Street. There, she was a student and also a teaching assistant to her father. At home, Maria's father taught her astronomy using his personal telescope. At age twelve and a half, she aided her father in calculating the exact moment of total eclipse. Her father's school closed, and afterwards she attended Unitarian minister Cyrus Peirce's school for young ladies. Later she worked for Peirce as his teaching assistant before she opened her own school in 1835. One year later, she was offered a job as the first librarian of the Nantucket Atheneum. Top


This apartment features two twin sized beds, a private bathroom and kitchenette.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (24 September 1825 - 22 February 1911) born to free parents in Baltimore, Maryland, was an African American abolitionist and poet.

Her mother died three years later and she was looked after by relatives. She was educated at a school run by her uncle, Rev. William Watkins until the age of thirteen when she found work as a seamstress. The owner of her sewing mill, the cruel Stephanie Scottsdale, would frequently beat her and insult her with racial slurs. This abuse was a strong influence in her writings, as she knew firsthand the hardships of a slave without being one herself. Ms. Scottsdale is referenced in countless metaphors in her poems as a cruel, white master with a heart of lead.

Her first volume of verse, Forest Leaves, was published in 1845; the book was extremely popular and over the next few years went through 20 editions. In 1850, she started working in Columbus, Ohio as a schoolteacher. Three years later in 1853, she joined the American Anti-Slavery Society and became a traveling lecturer for the group. She was also a strong supporter of prohibition and woman's suffrage. She often would read her poetry at these public meetings, including the extremely popular Bury Me in a Free Land. Top

12. 30/304R - THE HOSEA BALLOU

This apartment features two twin sized beds, a kitchenette and private bathroom.

Hosea Ballou (April 30, 1771-June 7, 1852) was an American Universalist clergyman and theological writer.

Hosea Ballou was born in Richmond, New Hampshire, to a family of Huguenot origin. The son of Maturin Ballou, a Baptist minister, he was self-educated, and devoted himself early on to the ministry. In 1789 he converted to Universalism, and in 1794 became a pastor of a congregation in Dana, Massachusetts.

He preached at Barnard, Vermont and surrounding towns in 1801—1807; at Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1807—1815; at Salem, Massachusetts in 1815—1817; and as pastor of the Second Universalist Church in Boston from December 1817 until his death there.

He founded and edited The Universalist Magazine (1819 -- later called The Trumpet), and The Universalist Expositor (1831 -- later The Universalist Quarterly Review), and wrote about 10,000 sermons as well as many hymns, essays and polemic theological works. He is best known for Notes on the Parables (1804), A Treatise on Atonement (1805) and Examination of the Doctrine of a Future Retribution (1834). These works mark him as the principal American expositor of Universalism.

Ballou has been called the "father of American Universalism," along with John Murray, who founded the first Universalist church in America. Ballou, sometimes called an "Ultra Universalist," differed from Murray in that he divested Universalism of every trace of Calvinism, and opposed legalism and Trinitarian views. Top

13. 30/304F - THE WALT WHITMAN

This quaint apartment features one full sized bed, private bathroom and kitchenette.

Walter Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. After a stroke towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey where his health further declined. He died at age 72 and his funeral became a public spectacle.

Whitman's sexuality is often discussed alongside his poetry. Though he is usually labeled as either homosexual or bisexual, it is unclear if Whitman ever had a sexual relationship with another man. Whitman was concerned with politics throughout his life. He supported the Wilmot Proviso and opposed the extension of slavery generally, but did not believe in the abolitionist movement. Top

14. 26/4R - THE LOUISA MAY

A quaint apartment with hardwood floors, private bathroom and kitchenette. This apartment features a full sized bed and two twin beds in a private bedroom.

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters. Trial Floor Plan. Top


This charming apartment is similar to the Louis May and also features a private bathroom, kitchenette and one full sized bed along with two twin beds which are in a private bedroom.

Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli (May 23, 1810 - July 19, 1850) was a journalist, critic and women's rights activist. Top


This lovely studio apartment is located on Park Avenue in a doorman building with elevator service. It features a full size bed with fully functional kitchen and private bathroom and is absolutely charming making it the most popular of our apartments!

John Haynes Holmes (1879–1964) was a prominent Unitarian minister and pacifist, noted for his anti-war activism. He actually left the American Unitarian Association (AUA) in 1918 over differences in attitude towards World War I, but continued to preach at his church which retained its AUA membership and accepted membership again right before the Unitarians and Universalist churches merged. He graduated from Harvard in 1902 and then Harvard Divinity School in 1904. He married Madeleine Baker. They had two children, Roger and Frances. He helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in 1909 and was a founder and later chair of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

He was a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award. Top

Guest House Off Park Main Page

Check Room Availability and Book a Room with your credit card Photos of the rooms are also available.


[ Back ]