Fireplace parlor

The Fireplace (South) Parlor is separated from the Front Parlor and the North Parlor by two sets of attractive pocket doors featuring their original hardware. Almost all of the hinges, knobs and other hardware throughout the house are original. The south bay in the Fireplace Parlor consists of five double-hung windows and their now-restored interior shutters. The secondary front door has the same beautiful etched glass as the formal front door, and the built-in china cabinet was rotated into the room from the Butler’s Pantry. It seems that at one time the cabinet faced in both directions. The marble and metal fireplace was spiffed up and cleaned back into shape, converted to gas, and the tiles in the hearth are a re-creation of the original pattern. Furniture in the room includes an antique writing desk, a “café” table with a marble top and bentwood chairs, as well as a side table with mother-of-pearl and brass inlay – all from Singapore. The brass joss-stick (incense) pots are used in Buddhist temples. The luminescent ruby-colored carpet is from Uzbekistan, and the chartreuse “London” lounge chairs were custom-made by Mitchell + Gold in North Carolina. The enlarged real-photo postcard over the mantle is of Dave and Dora Kaley in front of the house in early March 1909. From the detail available in the photo, you can see how we were able to restore the exterior of the home so accurately. The show-stopper in the room is, however, what lies behind the large mirror between the two sets of pocket doors. You’ll have to visit to see for yourself!