Built in 1858 as the Rocky Neck Schoolhouse, the present-day The Gruppé Gallery was purchased by Emile A. Gruppé in 1929. The one-room schoolhouse served the residents of Rocky Neck, America’s oldest art colony, for over a generation. Emile Gruppé moved to the nearby Rockport in 1925, and purchased the old building overlooking Gloucester Harbor for use as a studio.