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Exterior shot of the Ayer Mansion

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The Ayer Mansion

  • Address 395 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, Massachusetts 02215
  • Hours
    Monthly
    Wednesday and Saturday
  • Phone 617-536-2586

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One of only three surviving Tiffany residential commissions, the Ayer Mansion has the esteem of being the only residence designed from its inception by artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. The "most fashionable purveyor of taste" during America's Gilded Age, Tiffany designed the Boston mansion for an aging Frederick Ayer who had made his wealth from patent medicines and textiles. After Frederick's death in 1918, the mansion was used as office space, an insurance company, and eventually the Trimount Foundation, Inc. and the Bayridge Residence & Cultural Center.

Named a National Historic Landmark in 2005, the Ayer Mansion exemplifies what one critic of the day called Tiffany’s “dumbfounding versatility.” At the Ayer Mansion, Tiffany-designed stone and glass mosaics, graceful metalwork, Favrile glass vases, custom furniture, intricate plaster work, elaborate art glass windows, and unexpected architectural flourishes all work together to create a cohesive masterpiece.

Tours of the Ayer Mansion are offered at least one Saturday and one Wednesday a month, September through July, and are posted two months in advance. Reservations are required for all public tours.

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