Designed in Bavarian Queen Anne style, with a Japanese wall enclosing a garden, essayist Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. bestowed its nickname, because of wood carvings of sunflowers above its gargoyle-topped front entryway and under the eaves. It is one of the most distinctive properties in the city.

It was the former home and studio of American Impressionist watercolor artist Gertrude Beals Bourne. The home, a three story, 3,426-square-foot building, has seen more than $2 million in improvements during the past decade. Updates to the home include; an enlarged main kitchen outfitted with cherry-wood cabinets, green granite counters and high-end stainless-steel appliances, vaulted ceilings, restored fireplaces, and he home's basement has also been restored, adding a second contemporary kitchen to the original brick cooking fireplace and limestone sink.

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