The news is out!
The Shirley-Eustis House has closed on the purchase of 42-44 Shirley Street. This building is remarkable because it was an original outbuilding of Shirley Place. It was built as both a stable for Governor Shirley's collection of fine horses and, in the upper floor, housing for the enslaved men who cared for the horses. This would have included grooms, stableboys, footmen, and others.
While the building has changed significantly over the years, much of its interior framing, plaster, and lathe are original to the 18th century. The property's front yard also contains many archeological features and artifacts that have yet to be unearthed.
We're pleased to have saved the building from demolition with the help of a Community Preservation Act from the City of Boston. But the work doesn't end there - soon, we're launching a larger fundraising campaign to pay off the remaining $450,000 on our purchase and renovate the building into exhibits and gathering space for community members. Learn more about this expansive project on our website: https://shirleyeustishouse.squarespace.com/the-42-44-shirley-project
And be sure to read Tiana Woodard's great article on our purchase of 42-44 Shirley Street in the Boston Globe here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/09/01/metro/roxbury-shirley-eustis-house/