June 13th, 2015
Taken right before the start of a fantastic Legend Trips event.
Some info on the Great Hall:
“The interior of the mansion is the most remarkable and elaborate interior in this area. No money was spared in the construction of the magnificent staircase and gallery. The Great Hall is two stories tall at one end with a complete plaster ceiling with pendants in the style of seventeenth century Scotland. The Long Hall is flanked with fluted columns and paneling and also has an elaborate plaster ceiling.
The Great Hall approximate date 1894. Courtesy of the Lenox Library.
Unfortunately much of the paneling in the reception rooms was removed by the previous owner in preparation to demolition. We are fortunate that, with the exception of a few choice missing pieces, most of it lies on the premises, but it is a very challenging puzzle to put it back. VHA focused on opening this central area to the public. In December, 2000, with the generous help of supporters like you, we opened our doors for our first public tours of the Great Hall.
The brilliant colors of stained glass echo the reds, greens and yellows of the fall leaves which were as much appreciated in those times as they are in ours. The Billiard Room has stained glass windows on three sides.
It will be a slow process to restore all of these spaces to their original beauty. But even today they dazzle us with what is still there.”