Monumental Aesthetic Movement Fireplace

Photo credit: Historic New England.

This monumental Aesthetic Movement fireplace is located in the entry hall of the Eustis Estate mansion. The English Queen Anne style mansion was designed by architect William R. Emerson and built outside Boston in 1878-1879.

Its interiors received up-to-the-minute Aesthetic Movement finishes including this lightly sand-textured deep red wall paint built up in several layers of paint and glaze and set off by the gold-gilded textured finish of the plaster arch. The tiles on the fireplace are by the H.A. Lewis Terra Cotta Works of South Boston.

The Eustis interiors were painted over with light-toned latex paint in the 1970’s, diminishing the richness of their original character. After the house was acquired by Historic New England, our firm did the historic paint analysis to determine what the original finishes had been and a team of conservators restored them. Working on this project has been a highlight of my career.

Check it out at: https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/eustis-estate-museum-study-center/

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