The Master Suite is a calming cornflower-blue room with a California-King, four-poster bed, fitted with a comfortable mattress, a down duvet and lots of pillows. The ceiling on the south end of the room was raised during the renovations so as to incorporate the half-circle, colored-glass attic window. Beside the bed are two long windows looking out onto the ornamental “Widow’s Walk” (with its original iron fence) that sets on top of the Fireplace Parlor’s bay windows. The room also features an antique Singaporean armoire for hanging clothes, two extra-long beveled mirrors with carved blackwood frames, an antique camphor-lined chest, a splendid Art Deco Chinese tea table set with inlaid marble, a standing mirror and a bedside table (both with inlaid mother of pearl), a blackwood bedside table, a Dutch Colonial table lamp, Oriental rugs and various pieces of art. The room’s more modern aspects include a flat-screen television, a ceiling fan, and streaming music that you can adjust to your preferred volume.
The burgundy walls of this sun-filled en-suite bathroom pick up the flecks of color in the marble wainscot. The stone had been in an outdoor marbleworks yard awaiting a home since it was rescued in the 1970’s from non-extant 1887 St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska (70 miles north). The heated “Lago Rosso” (Red Lake) Italian marble floor is from Nemo Tile in New York and is set in a running bond pattern. The room features a large soaking tub fitted with jets, a separate glass and marble shower, fixtures from Kohler’s Bancroft historical collection, a triple-mirrored wall cabinet, a wall-mounted, oscillating Matthews fan, and adjustable streaming music. There is also a hand-made, two-tiered stand beside the pedestal sink which houses a blow dryer, shampoo and shower gel – and gives you extra space for your toiletries. And, of course, you can watch the flat-screen television from the tub.