Nirvana Manor History

This Victorian shingle-style Cottage was built around 1885 by Rev. Dr. and Mrs. C. George Currie. There is speculation that Daniel Merriman, friend, neighbor, and owner of the nearby estate Stonehurst, recommended their architect to the Curries for this home design.

The Rev. Charles George Currie was a scholar, a teacher, and a world traveler. His life was filled with travel, teaching and preaching, over several parishes. He settled in Philadelphia from 1873 – 1888, where he retired.

Currie’s first wife died in 1881, and about a year later he married the widow Sarah Zantzinger. It was they that bought the Intervale property in order to build the home they named “Nirvana.”

Even after retirement, the Reverend’s studies, preaching, and writing brought his family to Germany, Baltimore, France, London, and finally near Philadelphia once again in 1910, where he died in 1918 around the age of 81.

Though the family traveled extensively and lived abroad, they returned to Nirvana regularly and were integral members of the Intervale summer community.

After many years as a private home, Nirvana became a boarding house for a number of years. It was later rescued and rehabilitated by a private owner once again. After fire, smoke and water damage in 2002, extensive repairs and renovations, with an eye to traditional touches of its era, were completed. The three kitchens were updated. The home’s moldings, floors, and wood details have been restored to make the home what you see today.

We feel this is a unique, elegant, yet modern and comfortable environment in which to unwind after a full day of enjoying the Mt. Washington Valley.

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