Once in a while, we are fortunate enough to visit very special homes. Not the ones from magazines with props that were carefully selected, but rather a real house with a story behind it that’s worth telling.
Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia is surrounded by classic old buildings that imply the important connections of this city (the biggest in the state of Pennsylvania) to American history.
Not far from there, in the year 1776, 56 delegates gathered at the Pennsylvania State House, what is now known as Independence Hall, to sign the United States Declaration of Independence.
Rittenhouse Park, designed by one of Philadelphia’s founders, William Penn, is considered one of the most popular parks in US urban area.
The streets around it include luxurious residential and commercial office buildings, surrounded by fine restaurants and fashion stores.
The house on Rittenhouse Street, built in 1925, directly neighbours the park. It was acquired by a business man from the railways industry who renovated it in a classic colonial style very common to the era (1900-1960).
The colonial style, composed of two sub-styles- early American and 18th century colonial, is known for its wooden walls and wall finishes, a lot of mouldings (even on the ceiling), wide and vast headboards, and wide door lintels (among others).
After acquiring the house in Rittenhouse Square, he imported wooden boards from England (picture above) to decorate the walls, while preserving the white decorations on the ceiling.
There are two hallways on each side of the living room. One side brings you to the main dining room area, and the other to a nice seating room area with two wooden doors aligned side by side. It’s interesting how there is no functional need for two doors; this pairing is purely decorative.
It’s an appealing concept worth applying in renovation projects: the concept of which all spaces should be integrated as one big space, where the hallways also function as decorative elements. This is another colonial style element of which a modernised version would be very interesting.
Most of the mouldings in the house were white, whereas the color of the wall was beige with a green pigment that made the mouldings stand-out in an aesthetically pleasing way. In the higher parts of the wall, mouldings that reached all the way .through the ceiling added a sense of hight to the space.
The dining room walls were covered with a wall paper that was added in the last decade, and brought a nice colorful feel to the dining room but still managed to maintain the original design concept unite.
From the main dining room there’s a passage to the other dining room that is closer to the kitchen. mustard walls, white window frames and hard wood floor. it’s very hard to fail with these elements.
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