• Entrance Hall

The entry doors and the transom hold full size stained glass panels and lead into a grand hallway. The hallway, bench and staircase are primavera, a light wood from South America which is used throughout the Mansion.

Wood carvers John Rudolf Etteline and Patrick Glennon worked on the intricate carvings in the entrance hall, main staircase, and second floor hall. John Etteline came to this country from Switzerland, where he had worked as a woodcarver. Patrick Glennon came from Ireland.

The entrance hall carpet is a reproduction of the original Wilton pattern. A piece of the original carpet was uncovered in the servant’s bedroom on the third floor.

Three rooms adjoin the entrance hall. To the left as you enter is the drawing room or music room which has one of three onyx fireplaces. The most unique aspect of the fireplace is the double flue which encases a stained glass window. The mantel is mahogany surrounded by redwood panels. The mahogany is carved into an intricate leaf design, and the redwood is represented in three types of grain; clear, burl, and curly. An arched alcove provides for a sitting area with stained glass geometric design.

Typical during the “Victorian” era is the tri-partite wall division, with six foot wainscot, red field paper, and nineteen inch paper frieze. A geometric-patterned plaster relief decorates the ceiling.

As you enter, to the left of the front door is the drawing room or music room. To the right, as you enter, is the parlor or living room. Located just beyond the living room is the dining room.