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Citizens for Milton Community Preservation holding open house Sunday

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 19, 2012 03:42 PM

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Milton’s “Great Gatsby” era estate and mansion will be open on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. for a reception, tour, and open house. Refreshments will be served.

The reception and open house will benefit of the Citizens for Milton Community Preservation, which supports a ‘Vote YES on 4’ educational campaign.

Holden McGinley’s 1925 mansion at 582 Blue Hill Ave. was designed by Bigelow & Wadsworth, a ‘Gilded Age’ architect for the wealthy in Bar Harbor, the Hamptons, Manchester by the Sea, and Newport.

The 12,169-square-foot, whitewashed brick colonial mansion, with views of the Blue Hills, is set on 2.5 acres. The terraced landscape, walled gardens, riled garden water elements, pergolas and in ground pool were designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, the “Dean of Women Landscape Architects” of that period.

The Georgian mansion has six bedrooms, most with a sitting room or study; classic features; a three story, sky lit, sweeping, spiral staircase; a paneled library; 12 bathrooms; 13 fireplaces; 14 rooms; large windows; and two dumb waiters. Intimate nooks, closet space and built in storage abound.

The dining room, where the reception is to be held, has a unique Moroccan ceiling design and overlooks the gardens. It features a huge fireplace which can burn four feet long logs.

The very livable kitchen is modern with smart dark wood cabinets and extensive copper-covered counter space. The first floor includes a nanny’s apartment and a floral arranging workroom. The meticulously restored house is stunning, and the blue ribbon winning landscape design fantastic.

The carriage house and cottages, formerly part of the McGinley estate, are now Delphi Academy at the corner of Robbins Street. The original 50-acre estate also included what are now Alfred Road, Barbara Lane, and Meetinghouse Lane.

Admission to Sunday's reception is $100 per person, payable at the door or online at www.PreserveMilton.org. Checks should be made payable to “Preserve Milton.”

Donations may also be mailed to Andrew Russell, Treas., 37 Dyer Avenue, Milton 02186.

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