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Boston Townhouses in their Summer Finery Part 2

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Aaah, the happy memories that these posts have brought back. We lived at 61 Commonwealth Avenue, in the heart of Back Bay, and I treasured every moment. My childhood dream of living in an actual townhouse had come true! I’ll be highlighting some of the residential beauties that I’ve long admired…especially since their gardens and entryways are still enjoying the benefit of summer greenery. With my quick asides, of course…

Well worth the walk up those steps!

Such architectural diversity to be seen in “Boston Proper” townhouse doorways.

A very handsome example of a townhouse front door enhanced by a marble column-supported balcony.

What elegantly coordinated ironwork!

An intriguing “first impression.”

How handsome and substantial is this semi-circular entrance with its licorice color door…

Architectural simplicity enhanced by an unexpectedly decorative doorway.

Such handsome proportions, deserving of a closeup.

I’ve always felt there was a bit of occasion in stepping down from street level to enter a townhouse, especially when good design prevails in the outdoor entry area. To me, they were always a signature of Boston townhouses.

And for a close…Arguably the grandest residence in Boston, the Burrage Mansion is a French Renaissance-inspired building on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue. Each of the 4 full floor residences feature all of the original entertaining rooms restored to museum quality. Additionally, the mansion’s Orangerie now serves as great room for one of the residences.

Hugs and kisses to a former hometown…


All image credit, Michelle Pugliese for Private Newport

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

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