Though the Tiffany name may be most readily associated with Tiffany & Co., Art Nouveau artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of the iconic jewelry company’s founder, made his own indelible impression on American design. His unforgettable mosaic lamps continue to fetch sky-high prices at auction, with two rare lamps fetching over $3 million each at auction in recent years, and hundreds of copycats still being produced and cherished worldwide. What fewer may know is that Tiffany also embarked on several large-scale residential design projects, including a since destroyed glass wall at the White House. The only standing Tiffany-designed home in the world, Boston’s Ayer Mansion, has just been listed for $17 million.
The approximately 15,600 square-foot property, which was completed in 1901 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2005, features mosaic tiling, stained glass, detailed plasterwork, and yes, custom light fixtures throughout. The sale of the house, purchased in December 2021 by Jean Abouhamad, president of SEA-DAR Real Estate and Construction and Charles Reed of CNW Capital Partners, includes plans, permits, and renderings, in order to return the home to its original state as a single family space, as it was formerly owned by the Trimount Foundation and used as a students’ residence for women. Under the current plans, the home is expected to contain five bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, plus many distinct entertaining areas, two offices, and a home gym. The listing is held by LandVest | Christie’s International Real Estate, while the renderings envision what the space could look like.