Towne House

In the year 1900, Mr. Towne built his dream house. He was the president of one of the largest paper companies in the world, and a man of impeccable style as shown through his elegant Victorian home.

Fast-forward a century later and you'll find Mr. Towne's mansion boarded-up and vacant in a distressed neighborhood.

Welcome to Mr. Towne's House.

Jan 9 '12
This is a view of the landing at the top of the main staircase. I love the dramatic curvature!  Most of the spindles are intact but a few of them will need to be nursed back to health by a carpenter.

This is a view of the landing at the top of the main staircase. I love the dramatic curvature!  Most of the spindles are intact but a few of them will need to be nursed back to health by a carpenter.

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Jan 9 '12
An original flush-mount light fixture in one of the bedrooms.

An original flush-mount light fixture in one of the bedrooms.

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Jan 9 '12
I absolutely love this wallpaper!  It graces the walls of the main foyer and upstairs hallway. I will most definitely use this texture in a future design of mine.

I absolutely love this wallpaper!  It graces the walls of the main foyer and upstairs hallway. I will most definitely use this texture in a future design of mine.

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Jan 9 '12
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.

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.

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Jan 9 '12
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.

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.

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Jan 9 '12
The dining room has basket parquet floors.  You’ll find similar floors in the Wistariahurst Mansion just a few houses away. Can you imagine these floors cleaned up and refinished?

The dining room has basket parquet floors.  You’ll find similar floors in the Wistariahurst Mansion just a few houses away. Can you imagine these floors cleaned up and refinished?

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Jan 9 '12
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!

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!

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Jan 9 '12
Vitruvian wave detail on the curve of the staircase.

Vitruvian wave detail on the curve of the staircase.

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Jan 9 '12
Original front door casing with stained glass sidelights.

Original front door casing with stained glass sidelights.

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Jan 9 '12
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.

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.

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Jan 9 '12
Original porcelain pedestal sink with a decorative fluted base.

Original porcelain pedestal sink with a decorative fluted base.

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Jan 9 '12
Who isn’t a sucker for a clawfoot bathtub?

Who isn’t a sucker for a clawfoot bathtub?

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Jan 9 '12
The foyer of this house has ornamental plaster crown moldings with a great swag garland pattern.  This photo also shows a close-up of the amazing foyer wallpaper!

The foyer of this house has ornamental plaster crown moldings with a great swag garland pattern.  This photo also shows a close-up of the amazing foyer wallpaper!

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Jan 9 '12
Hidden away under drop panel ceiling, you’ll find a pressed tin ceiling in the kitchen.

Hidden away under drop panel ceiling, you’ll find a pressed tin ceiling in the kitchen.

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Jan 9 '12
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.
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.

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