Work-Life Overlap or Perfect Timing?

These photos were taken at an open house at the Crosby Mansion in Brewster, MA, on SundayJuly 19,2015. Built in 1888 this grand home contains many classic interior molding details.

This elaborate curved balustrade around the entry to the home was supposedly built to evoke images of Buckingham Palace.

This curved fireplace with a mirrored overmantle was inspired by the Palace at Versailles. Note the Ionic columns that support the curved tablature while narrow columns and arches in front of the mirror reflect the columns and arches of the porch outside.

An octagonal shaped billiard room with its large Rumford fireplace and raised seating area is more in the style of an old English estate.

This dooway from the "Versailles" room has columns flanking both sides. Note the casing on the windows beside the doorway are a simple classical design with mitered corners.

On the other side of the room a smaller doorway uses the same column detail as the casing along the sides of the opening.

This entablature detail along the ceiling if the room is a close cousin of classic entablature with an elaborate cornice or crown, a frieze and a picture rail below.

This simple classical casing was used around window openings and some door openings in the public areas of the home. Known as architrave molding, the profile comes almost straight from the architrave detail in a classic entablature.

The bedrooms on the second floor have a different casing profile with rosettes in the corners and back banding around the whole perimeter of the casing. Plinth blocks were used in some instances as in this doorway.

Walk-in closets were a rarity in homes of this vintage, but the Crosby Mansion had quite a few. The casing profile was yet another classical profile with mitered corners.

The third floor housed the servants of the home, and some openings were cased with simple flat square-edge boards while others recieved a more elaborate treatment--on adjacent walls in this room.

Here is one of the third floor doorways with the heavy rounded casing profile. The head casing had to be thick to overlap the jamb casing below, but the height of the head casing with its cornice detail seems to be larger than proper proportions would dictate.

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