Alas, Back Bay’s most famous building, The Ames-Webster Mansion, originally designed by Peabody and Stearns in 1872 and enlarged by John Hubbard Sturgis a decade later, is finally for sale…if you can afford it. Asking between $18 and $25 million, the property is, well, stunning. Located on 306 Dartmouth St., the mansion sports features in its 26,000 square feet that most of us can’t even fathom. For starters, the mansion has 50 bedrooms and 28 fireplaces (I guess that’s how many fireplaces it took to keep 26,000 square feet of living space warm in the late 19th century), as well as a two-level conservatory, a four-story staircase, a large tower, and a porte-cochere. These architectural feats, however, are nothing compared to the decadent carved oak archways, railings, and panels found through out the enormous great hall, in which a cocktail party will be held by LandVest for local brokers to show off the property. With regard to style and art, The Queen-Anne style mansion displays murals by Benjamin Constant, a breathtaking stained-glass skylight by John La Farge, and also features a gleaming mosaic-tiled entryway. Surprising it may be, but in 1972 the mansion was converted into boutique office spaces for CBT, an architecture, interior design, and urban design service company. This historical landmark comes with three to four indoor parking spaces, and has a bid deadline of December 15th of this year so scrape your piggy banks and place a bid!
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