Back Bay bonanza in Burrage Mansion unit


The lavishly carved, paneled, gilded, ornamented, tiled and stain-glassed French Château architecture of 314 Commonwealth Ave. elevates Back Bay living to a new level — that of the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers and the Carnegies. Unit 1, offered at $5.7 million, reaps the full benefit of copper/oil magnate Albert Cameron Burrage’s luxury lifestyle.

Built in 1899 from a design by Charles Brigham, the Burrage Mansion has been converted into four floor-through condo units. Renovation architect Guy Grassi carefully preserved as many historical details as possible to make each condo truly feel like a mansion.

The 4,382-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath first-floor unit features a richly carved mahogany living room with stained-glass windows and a gilded oval-dome ceiling with bear, griffin, lion and unicorn plaster reliefs. The living- and dining-room fireplaces are retrofit for gas.

The formal dining room boasts a ceiling fresco of clouds surrounded by cherub figurines and other plaster embellishment. Columns grandly introduce the conservatory, now an open kitchen and breakfast room with granite counters, custom paneled cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances. The breakfast room preserves the coral-rock wall where Burrage embedded his orchids until ready for planting. The glass walls and skylight dome have handsome views of Newbury Street and the Prudential Tower, and are customized with automatic shades and curtains.

One of the three grand bedrooms retains its bow window with picturesque view of Commonwealth Avenue Mall and stained-glass window images of books, sculpture and astronomy, as well as its domed ceiling cornice inscribed with the names of Emerson, Hawthorne, Longfellow and other littérateurs, signifying its original use as Burrage’s library. Each bedroom has its own full marble bath.

The master bedroom retains its original bow window with stained-glass panels and picturesque views of Commonwealth Avenue Mall, as well as its domed ceiling with Elizabethan reliefs. The master suite also includes a corridor of closets and a spiral stair, which descends to a paneled library/media room with running built-in bookcase and office alcove of built-in desks and shelves.

Unit 1 has a private storage facility and two heated garage parking spaces. Common amenities include daytime concierge and elevator service.

For more information on Unit 1 at 314 Commonwealth Ave., or to arrange a private showing, contact CondoDomain agent Jeanne Boucher at 510-205-5857.


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