Eleanor collected textiles, dishes, and furniture while living aboard, with the dream of creating an art center in Fitchburg. Her large painting, My Studio, gives us clues to the decorative objects she loved.
Eleanor continued to live in Paris for almost forty years, returning to Fitchburg often in the summers. She died in Fitchburg in 1923.
Although she did not live to see her dream of opening an art center fulfilled, her bequest of her collections and funds made it possible to open the Fitchburg Art Center in 1929 - “for the joy and inspiration of art.” In 1951 The Fitchburg Art Center became the Fitchburg Art Museum, where Eleanor’s legacy lives on.