Gropius House

Landscape Tour Stop 2


Each elevation of the Eustis mansion is testament to Emerson’s talent in designing a complex and impressive architectural composition. The stone and brick mansion is heavily patterned, which is typical of the Queen Anne Revival style. Every view of the building offers an unexpected treat. During your visit, be sure to walk completely around the house and see how each side is unique. Many of the architectural details were covered with ivy starting in the 1890s, but in the mid-twentieth century the ivy was removed to reveal the decorative stone and brickwork.


Fred and Gus Eustis and two young girls, c.1885


The view out the front door looks down an allée, a formal pathway bordered by rows of trees. Originally these trees were American elms, but they were replaced by disease-resistant locust trees in the twentieth century. Before the construction of the gatehouse, it is likely that this was the main approach to the house.


Mrs. Hemenway’s carriage with Hogan driving, May 1894


Fred, Gus, and Mary Eustis in front of their home, c.1895


Walk around to the right side of the house to see the Gatehouse at the bottom of the hill.