Tea is best when served piping hot and ladled into your mouth by a farmer's wife who found you just lying out there in the cold and nursed you back to health. Enjoy your tea, you mysterious stranger, with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $30 for a tea service and tour of the Steampunk House for one (a $60 value)
- $56 for a tea service and tour of the Steampunk House for two (a $120 value)
- $99 for a four-hour tea-and-tour package with extended tea service and luncheon with seminar and house tour for one (a $250 value)
- $189 for a four-hour tea-and-tour package with extended tea service and luncheon with seminar and house tour for one (a $500 value)
The tea service, which is modeled after Victorian-era low tea services common in aristocratic and wealthy homes, includes tea, light finger sandwiches such as cucumber sandwiches, and an array of light pastries. Tours of the Steampunk House, which are scheduled by appointment from mid June to mid August, explore the 1901-built mansion's recent steampunk makeover. Exterior restorations include refinished doors and an outdoor fieldstone garden, while the interior now boasts cultured stone in the hearth area and period Tiffany-style lighting fixtures on the ceiling.
The seminar provides insight into the steampunk movement as a whole, and teaches guests how they can harness the combination of new and old, art and science, and form and function inherent to the style in their own homes and offices. Though the underground style is already influencing major design and fashion leaders, a recent analysis of half a million internet posts and news sources by IBM predicted that steampunk will soon become a widespread, mainstream design trend.
Not long after moving into their 100-year-old Victorian home, Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum realized the roof was leaking. That repair begat numerous others, and over the next 12 years the Rosenbaum's slowly revitalized their abode and discovered a passion for home restoration. In 2007 they founded ModVic—short for Modern Victorian Home Restoration—and assembled a team of collaborative carpenters, painters, electricians, and architects who share their dedication for upgrading Victorian dwellings.
Since then, the Rosenbaums have transformed from simple homeowners to steampunk virtuosi—Wired magazine once called Bruce a "steampunk evangelist"—and have been featured on media outlets ranging from NPR to The New York Times. The Rosenbaum's recent projects have fused Victorian style and modern technology more effectively than a horse-drawn SUV. Clients ranging from tattoo shops to patent lawyers call on their ingenuity to create one-of-a-kind, functional art that combines eras and ideas from salvaged pieces and modern technology. More than a fashion trend, the steampunk design process tells a story by reusing historical artifacts in new ways, thereby celebrating their place in history. ModVic frequently collaborates with artists to create steampunk-related art shows and events, and, as The Boston Globe reports, Bruce and Melanie are turning their home "into a steampunk showcase." Their abode's latest flourishes include a fridge re-cast to look like a Victorian cast iron and a working copper water filtration tank.