Eustis Estate

Parlor Introduction


Room with two sofas, ornate tapestry chair, patterned carpet, gold chandelier and paintings on decoratively painted walls. Arched doorway shows view into next room.

A warm and elegant gathering space

The large parlor was the main living room for the Eustis family and a space to receive and entertain guests. The intricately carved fireplace with windows on either side is the focal point of the room. The hearth is outfitted with a radiant heating system in the floor that warms the tiles from below. When Historic New England acquired the property, the walls of this room were white. Photographic evidence and microscopic paint analysis led to the discovery of the dramatic cloud-like wall treatment one layer beneath. A surprising restoration technique brought the walls back to their original appearance.