Thirteen historically significant buildings constructed between 1878 and 1950 are being protected thanks to the newly created Eustis Estate Historic District in Milton. Encompassing approximately 97 acres of land that spans from Canton Avenue to the Blue Hills Reservation, the new historic district is centered primarily on a stately stone mansion known as the Eustis Estate. Built in 1878, the property was designed by Boston architect William Ralph Emerson for William Ellery Channing Eustis and it is the most recent addition to the National Register of Historic Places. Other buildings within the new district include a gatehouse facing Canton Avenue, a barn across the street, the colonial revival-style Frederick Augustus Eustis house and the privately owned Vappi-Myers ranch house. The property also includes landscape designed by prominent landscape architect Ernest Bowditch, open fields, cultivated agricultural fields and orchards, a historic ice pond and woodlands.
The heritage organization Historic New England recently began preparing the Eustis Estate to be used as a museum and study center. There are plans to restore decorative interior finishes, transform the garage into a visitor center, and convert the gatehouse into office space. The goal is to open the historic home to the public in May 2017 and to begin offering tours of the grounds, special exhibitions and programs that explore the architecture, interior decoration and landscape. For more information, visit historicnewengland.org.