BEST PARLOR

Restoration in progress.

Purpose of the Room: Itís primary function was that of formal entertaining. It is situated on the upper level away from noisy distractions of a busy household and located in the southeast portion of the house making it one of the sunniest and warmest of all the rooms in the house.

Dimensions: 15' 11" x 16' 10 1/2"; ceiling height 7' 10"

Architectural Features:

1. The interior door fronts are faux finished as wood grain to simulate mahogany with a burled wood design for the inserts.

2. The decorative fireplace and molding consist of leaf motifs with fret work, knife shelves set directly beneath the mantle shelf and pilasters making this room the most formal in the house. Additionally it also contains a closet for hidden storage. There are three six over six windows in this room.

3. The floor consists of random width floorboards ranging from 11 1/4" to 12 3/4" wide that are not in keeping with most of the flooring found in this house but perhaps belonging to the earlier house.

4. The base molding in this room and the Second Best Parlor are distinctive, 7" high and probably the work of the same craftsman.

Color:

1. Walls - the original color appears to be tan.

2. Trim - Oyster White milk paint was the first trim paint and there was only one other paint placed over the original.

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