Main Dining Room


An original room to the 1868 construction of the home by Henry Harrison Hopkins, the dining room astounds most visitors with its exquisite Strauss crystal chandelier (2000). The fireplace is presently gas-operated but connects to one of 3 original chimneys. Peeking through the drapes one can view the busy Union Avenue beyond and its passer-by's or glimpse a visitor at the front entrance. The eggplant-shaded wallpaper, a Ronald Redding design (1995) and the Chinese sculptured wool rug provide a splendid backdrop for the room's furnishings. These include a dark oak breakfast/buffet server (circa 1900) from Pennsylvania, a Baroque mahogany closed china (c.1920), a Sheraton mahogany table (c.1940), and Chippendale styled chairs. A wonderful mahogany settee was rescued from a pile of sticks. The sofa (c.1840 Empire styled) has been meticulously restored even to include a goose down cushion in a Robert Allen fabric. From the magnificent dining room one enters the hallway, with its gilded gold wallpaper walls (2000), the Strauss crystal chandelier, and the wonderful original staircase. The mahogany lion-pawed foyer table (late 19th century) came from a tobacco plantation in Petersburg, Virginia. Circa 1860 gilded rose-back balloon chairs side the table. In the transitory room we call the Emperor's Tent, Mary Poughkeepsie created a most unusual tenting effect in gold fabric with the Strauss crystal chandelier of the hall. Napoleonic wallpapers also complete the cul-de-sac with a tromp d'oeil effect. Leaded glass paneled doors open to the office, while pink stained glass transoms lead to the various first floor rooms.

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