On the Market: A Brookline Home for the Art Historian

It was owned by Robert Apthorp Boit, whose nieces were the subjects of John Singer Sargent’s 1882 painting.


The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882 John Singer Sargent courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The entry of 19 Colchester Street. Photo provided by Coldwell Banker

19 Colchester Street, Brookline
Price: $3,500,000
Size: 8,124 square feet
Bedrooms: 8
Baths: 7.5

Built in 1865, this Brookline home was the residence of businessman and author Robert Apthorp Boit, brother of Edward Darley Boit, whose daughters were the subjects of John Singer Sargent’s 1882 painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, which hangs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts today. We can only guess that the girls, Mary Louisa, Florence, Jane, and Julia visited their uncle’s house often, as they grew up down the road at 27 Colchester Street.

With a stone-clad exterior and semicircular carriage driveway, this French Second Empire-style home has over eight thousand square feet of living space with grand rooms and authentic period elements throughout. Highlights include detailed woodwork, seven fireplaces, a sprawling formal dining room, a renovated kitchen, and an indoor pool.

A detached barn with a gambrel slate roof is used as a garage, with two rooms on the second floor for a studio, fitness room, or home office. The home is set on .6 acres near the Longwood Medical area.

For information contact Jonathan Radford, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, coldwellbankerhomes.com.

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