Behold the knob of Mr. Towne’s front door, featuring original hardware that has aged nicely over the last century. Notice the detailed laurel wreath around the key opening and overall patina of the metal.
One of the most surprising features on the second floor is the bathroom flooring; white marble herringbone tiles. The most common tile of the era was 1” hexagon and 1” x 2” basket-weave, but I bet that you’ve never seen 1” x ½" herringbone… just a bit larger than a piece of Chiclets gum.
From the exterior of the house you would never know there was such a beautiful bay window featuring an original stained glass transom. The porch was covered up and currently hides decorative woodwork and this window… someone will need to un-do this foolish mistake!
The foyer and parlor feature gorgeous parquet hardwood floors. I can tell you without hesitation that my favorite type of flooring is herringbone parquet. You can find this style in the most elegant of places; palaces, museums, residences, etc. One of my favorite buildings in Manhattan, The Ansonia, has similar flooring.
Note: As there is a thick layer of dust over the floors in the parlor, here is a picture of the floors in a closet.
Located in the parlor, this is the main fireplace of the Towne residence. It features a white wooden mantel with floral carvings and a black marble surround. Notice the subtle egg-and-dart carvings on two of the trim pieces.