Gropius House

Twin Seat

The large chair situated along the staircase to the third floor was known to the Eustis family as the “twin seat.” This unusual piece of furniture was commissioned by Mary Hemenway, Edith Eustis’s mother, as a comfortable place for her to read to her grandchildren. Although it was originally located in Mary Hemenway’s Beacon Hill mansion, it was brought here after her death in 1894.

This photo shows Mary Hemenway with her grandsons Fred and Gus Eustis sitting on the twin seat around 1879.