The Parlor likely had a wall between the two sections where you see the cornices and was taken down by a previous owner. The result is a stunning double parlor room with perfect trim.

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The carpet covering the floor was replaced with new hardwood flooring matching the rest of the main floor. Lath and plaster was retained in this room, repaired and painted. It may sound simple to just say “repaired and painted” but it was a massive effort! Intricate plaster crown was repaired with Bondo filler and gun-sprayed white. Original knob and tube electrical was removed and updated, requiring replacement of baseboards with identical replica Eastlake pattern baseboard milled from 9″ Poplar. Marble fireplace was cleaned and black slate on the floor in front was replaced. The marble fireplace was not the original one, replaced by a previous owner at some point but still fits in nicely.

In the far distance (third photo) you can see a new pocket door opening (6′ wide x 9′ tall) was cut into the wall to access the kitchen and allow light into the dining room. We re-used original redwood trim salvaged from the demo kitchen area to match the rest of the parlor and built the casings and baseboard to match. Two salvaged 3″ thick x 9′ high redwood doors with beveled glass were mounted in the pockets on Rustica Hardware barn door J tracks sitting in the top openings. These doors came from another historic home in San Francisco via Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, CA.

Original gas/electric chandeliers were serviced. The 8 gas candle/8 electric arm chandelier over the living room couch was relocated there from the family room and will eventually be able to work with gas. The one over the dining table was lowered and the gas works.

  • Original plaster crown, medallions, window trim, corbels; repaired and gun-sprayed with Benjamin Moore Advance in Swiss Coffee OC45 (latex bonding to oil base) Satin finish
  • Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura in Museum Piece CSP-40 Matte finish
  • Hardwood floor Shaw Floors Nantucket 4 (4” Maple) in Cisco Beach 00636
  • Parlor Chandelier: McKenny combination 8-candle gas 8-electric chandelier dating from around 1893
  • Dining Room Chandelier: Bradley & Hubbard combination 4-gas and 4-electric chandelier dating from the late 1890’s.
  • Area rug: HGTV HOME by Shaw Floors English Tweed in Chateau Style: TV344 Color: 00558, custom cut and finished
  • Photo credit: Mitch Shenker Studio