Dozens of people walk past the Burrage Mansion at 314 Commonwealth Ave. each day and are captivated by its ornate exterior, a teaser to the grandeur behind its large double doors.
“People stop and just take pictures and stare at this,” Tracy Campion, a real estate broker with Campion and Company, said.
The Back Bay building was converted into four condos in 2003. Unit 1 is for sale, offering someone with $7,990,000 to spend an opportunity to own a piece of Gilded Age history.
It was 1899 when Albert C. Burrage, an attorney, industrialist, and philanthropist, decided to build his lavish Back Bay estate, according to the listing. The mansion stayed in the family until Burrage’s wife, Alice, died in 1947. The home then went through a variety of uses, including as a doctor’s office and a senior-care facility before its most recent life as as a condo building.
The condo and the mansion have more recent claims to fame. The living room was used during the filming of the “Little Women” remake, Campion said. The movie is set to be released later this year. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called another condo within the mansion home until he sold it in 2008.
Unit 1 has three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and period details. The living room features a ceiling with cherubs in the corners that is painted to look like an open sky. The current owner restored the gold on the fireplace. Above it is a mirror with gold around the frame and a television tucked behind it, the listing documents say.
The highlight of the home may be the kitchen, which used be Burrage’s solarium, Campion said, noting that he was a horticulturist. Some of the coral that was used to grow orchids remains in the room. Marble mosaic and onyx tile line the floors.
The dining room, which has oak floors, can easily fit a table of 12, the listing says.
“This room features an ornate, gilded ceiling, massive fireplace, and handsome stained glass,” it says. “Winged griffons peer down from the restored and enhanced plasterwork encircling the space.”
The home’s systems have been updated for modern living, including radiant heat.
“I think the current owner has made it very comfortable to live in today,” Campion said. “It’s not imposing. You come in and it’s ideal for entertaining, and it’s very relaxing.”
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