First, the building is really lovely and impressive when you approach it. It reminds me of an English manor, which was their intent when designing it. One can almost imagine the carriages pulling up in front -- until one learns that construction on it began in 1927 when people were, for the most part, not traveling by carriage any more!
|The gardens are gorgeous|
Construction on the house was begun in 1927 (by owners Nathan Paine and wife Jessie Kimberly Paine), and the outside was completed by 1930. However, the onset of the Great Depression caused construction to stop in 1932. It sat empty with very little work being done to maintain it until 1946 when it was established as a museum for the public. So, in other words, it was never lived in! He died in 1947 and she finished the work so that the museum could open in 1948. Although they never lived in it, they did pick out all of the downstairs furnishings.
Warning: the pictures for the interior of the house are not very sharp because, like many museums, photography is not permitted in the house so I had to pull pictures off the internet. When making them larger, the pictures got blurry.
|Grand Staircase in Entry|
There are three bedrooms upstairs, plus a dressing room that had been designed for Mrs. Paine. During the presentation of 'The Nutcracker' part of the activity takes place in the guest bedroom, which is used as the little girl's room in the production. The audience just troops upstairs to enjoy the performance as it moves around the house.
A really lovely 'home' that was never inhabited. I can't wait to see it at Christmas time when it's decorated for the holidays with multiple Christmas trees and garland on that beautiful staircase.