Boston’s Ayer Mansion Designed By Tiffany Has Listed For Sale For $17 Million – Robb Report
If you already have enough Tiffany jewelry, why not a Tiffany house?
The Ayer Mansion, the world’s only home designed entirely by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Tiffany & Co. founder Charles Lewis Tiffany, has just gone on sale for $17 million in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood .
Unveiled in 1902, the five-story Gilded Age mansion spans 15,600 square feet. Developers hope to restore it to its origins as a single-family home featuring six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 10 fireplaces and a rooftop terrace, among other luxury amenities.
Despite the renovations, many of the original details of the house will ideally remain in place. Tiffany drew inspiration for the mansion from ancient Greece, the Far East and even the Chicago World’s Fair. The lobby’s impressive white marble staircase features Tiffany mosaic tiles, and a trompe-l’oeil Greek temple is visible through the arch of the proscenium. Stained glass windows and skylights, beautiful plasterwork, and elaborate mantels are just a few additional highlights.
“The character of the house is what makes it truly special,” David J. Hacin, senior and creative director of Hacin + Associates, the architectural firm responsible for updating the Ayer Mansion, mentioned in a report. “It immediately felt both modern and rooted in Back Bay construction, and it’s really unique.”
The house was originally designed for businessman Frederick Ayer and his wife Ellen, who commissioned the design from Tiffany. Although best known for his leaded glass lamps, Tiffany has been involved in everything from home exteriors to decorative items and wallpaper. In 2005, the property was designated a National Historic Landmark.
The Ayer Mansion is marketed by Ruth Kennedy Sudduth and Greta Gustafson of LandVest. The current sellers are developers Charles Reed of CNW Capital Partners and Jean Abouhamad of Sea-Dar Real Estate. The two men originally planned to convert the property into condos, but after seeing the extraordinary home and all of its historic details, they thought otherwise.
“It’s a work of art”, Abouhamad Told The Wall Street Journal.
And who wouldn’t want to live in that particular work of art?
See more images of the Ayer Mansion below.