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Historic Resources Committee

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The Eustis Estate: Rediscovering the Painted Finishes of an Aesthetic Movement Masterpiece

Best known for his role in the development of the Shingle Style in the later 19th century, Boston architect William Ralph Emerson created an Aesthetic Movement masterpiece in Milton, Massachusetts for the Eustis family in 1878. The property remained in the family until it was acquired by Historic New England in 2012. Sutherland Conservation was retained by HNE to undertake architectural paint research on the exterior of the main house and gatehouse and targeted study-areas on the interior, in order to document the chronology of finishes through the history of the Eustis family and to put the house and its finishes into historic and artistic contexts. At the HRC’s July meeting, architectural historian and conservator Amy Cole Ives will share her in-depth understanding of the remarkable nature of the Aesthetic Movement finishes at the Eustis House and offer a glimpse at the sophistication of the craft employed by the painters.

Amy Cole Ives established Sutherland Conservation & Consulting (SCC) 10 years ago in Augusta, Maine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College in American Studies and Art History, and her graduate work in Historic Preservation and Architectural Conservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Amy remains grateful for the opportunity to begin her career at the SPNEA Conservation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she worked with conservators Susan Buck, Brian Powell and Ivan Myjer. SCC specializes in National Register and historic rehabilitation tax credit projects, and historic finishes analysis and documentation.

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