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Junior League of Boston Brings Back the 35th Show House

Tickets now available to see 35 design firms transform Newton’s Potter Estate

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Junior League of Boston is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for purchase to see the transformation of Newton’s Potter Estate. Featuring 35 New England designers including Gerald Pomeroy of Pomeroy Design and Michael Carter of Carter and Company Interior Design, the 35th Show House will transform Newton’s historic Potter Estate. With over 100 submissions, The Junior League selected the designers from across New England to revamp the house. Ticketholders will be able to view the unique makeover room by room beginning on October 16. For tickets, please visit, call (617) 536-9640 or email

The Junior League of Boston presents the 2012 Show House at the Potter Estate in Newton (Photo: Business Wire)

"I'm very excited to be part of this year's Show House, a fundraiser that's spanned an incredible 40 years,” said Cindy Reuter, President of the Junior League of Boston. “The Show House enables us to showcase talented local designers and offer the public a look into the latest design trends with the proceeds going to the mission of the Junior League."

The Junior League of Boston is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The Potter Estate is listed on the National Register of History Places, on the parallel State Register of Historic Places, and designated as a Newton Landmark. In 1921 this property was left to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. The Mansion was used as Walnut Park Country Day School for Boys, and then as a convent. In 1967, Jackson Elementary School was built on the property. In 2005, the Potter Mansion became administrative offices for Jackson School and Walnut Park Montessori, both sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

“As a Junior League member, I am thrilled to be one of the designers selected to renovate a room in this year’s Show House,” said Suzanne Logan, owner of Spaces Design Studios. “It’s a local tradition—a historical mansion being transformed by a local, historical group. I can think of no better way to invest myself in the design and non-profit communities while celebrating a legacy.”

The property was originally part of the land owned by John Jackson, the first permanent settler of Newton. William Jackson established a candle factory on the property of what would become known as the Potter Estate. John C. Potter purchased the property in 1862, and built the Mansion, which is an excellent example of an American Victorian home with the characteristic Second Empire feature of a Mansard roof. Architecturally, this building compliments the other houses of Walnut Park, and this neighborhood serves as an encyclopedia of mid-nineteenth century American architecture, ranging from the Federal and Greek revival styles, and ending with the Second Empire, which is represented by the Potter Estate.

About The Junior League of Boston

Established in 1906 by young women interested in educating other young women in how to address and resolve the community problems and needs of the greater Boston Metro area, JL Boston has grown in membership and involvement in the community. JL Boston is the second-oldest chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., an organization of 293 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and England. For more information on the Show House please visit

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