Some "before" pictures of the entry and parlor area on the main floor of the house.
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Here is detail of the plaster ceiling medallion in the parlor. This photo was taken while the previous owner was still living here, and her chandelier hung from the medallion. We are in the process of looking for an antique chandelier of our own to hang from this place.
View of the fireplace in the parlor. It was converted to gas in 1981, and we will be updating the gas inserts soon. The carved detail on the blue stone facade and mantel is known as Eastlake Victorian style, and was traditionally done by hand with a "spoon carving" technique.
The framed newspaper article on the mantle was left by the previous owner. It is an interview with a former mayor of the city, who lived in this house for many years in the 1930s and 1940s. Amid rumors that he was ill, a newspaperman came to the house to "get the scoop" and the picture in the article was taken in this house as proof that they mayor was alive and well.
View of the parlor at the front of the house. David is looking out the front window to the city park that the house faces. The windows will be replaced with new Marvin windows, in accordance with the guidelines of the historic district in which the house is located. The fireplace, with hand carved bluestone (in Eastlake Victorican style) can be seen to the left.
View from front corner of the parlor into the hallway and through the pocket door opening into the kitchen area.
These are the pocket doors that separate the parlor fron the kitchen on the main floor. This view is from the kitchen, looking toward the front of the house into the parlor. We will be keeping the pocket doors, but will replace the glass inserts with either an etched glass or stained glass. Currently the glass inserts look like bathroom privacy glass with small etched stars.
This is the main floor as you enter the front door. The parlor is to the right, stairs to the upper floors directly in front, and the glass door in the hallway goes into the kitchen.