J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Architectural Tour at Shirley-Eustis House, 24 July

This Sunday, 24 July, Rick Detwiller will lead an in-depth tour of the architecture of the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury. Rick is an architect and preservation planner for New England Landmarks, and served as the Restoration Director for this mansion’s exterior and interior restoration.

Rick’s shown me around parts of the house, originally built by Gov. William Shirley in 1747-1751 and remodeled by later owners. I recommend it. I don’t know if he’ll be able to take anyone up to the cupola, but if that’s open I urge people to take in the view. Though the house has been moved from one side of its hill to another, you really get a sense of the vista Gov. Shirley wanted to enjoy.

The site owner’s announcement says:
This is a wonderful time to truly understand the differences between the Georgian and Federal Styles of architecture while understanding why the Shirley-Eustis House Association decided to place its focus on Federal-style restoration.
The tour starts at 1:00 P.M., and people should probably call the association to reserve space. Admission is $5 for people not already members of the Shirley-Eustis House Association and free for members, though donations will be gratefully accepted.

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