I already gave a brief history of the mansion in my previous post, but for any new readers, I'll do another quick summary.
The mansion was built by Nathan and Jesse Paine. Nathan was a wealthy lumber company owner in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Paine's wanted to create an estate that reflected their English heritage in the architecture, art, interior design, and nature. They asked Bryant Flemming, from Ithaca, New York to design their dream home. Construction on the estate began in 1927 but The Great Depression brought it to a halt. In 1946 Nathan and Jessie established the estate as a museum. They never lived in the home.
Although Nathan and Jessie's art collection is visible in the rooms throughout the mansion, there is one room that is reserved specifically as an art gallery. The art gallery is for special exhibits. When we were there, the special exhibit was The Louis Comfort Tiffany Treasures from the Driehaus Collection; and I could not have been happier about that as I love stained glass!
After looking at the Tiffany Glass Special Exhibit, we then headed to Nathan's Paine office to watch a short video about the history of the property. I highly recommend doing this first, as it will enhance your experience there.
After the video we then began our tour. Starting on the main level, right next to the art gallery, is this beautiful library! Wow! Stunning isn't it? Gorgeous, intricate warm woodwork made of oak and walnut, covers many of the walls in the home.
The Tiffany Glass Special Exhibit also showcased some of their pieces in the rooms such as the two Tiffany Lamps in this library.
This is the Breakfast Room. It has a lovely view of the gardens. I loved the tinted glass. The panes had different colors, and varying bubbles and streaks, to make it look like they were as if they were hundreds of years old.
The Dining Room was one of my favorites. I loved the gorgeous carved plaster ceiling, all the beautiful, warm walnut paneling, and the large windows with views of the gardens.
A painting of George Washington was just outside the Dining Room hung on more warm wood walls.
The most impressive room in the mansion is The Great Hall. It is the mansion's "Living Room". Haha! Quite the living room, isn't it? My favorite features in this room are the curved wooden ceiling, the chandeliers, and of course that massive fireplace.
What struck my husband and I the most when we first entered the mansion, was the stonework. At first, we thought it was marble. But we later learned it is Kasota Limestone, quarried in Minnesota.
This is a hallway on the main floor. I loved the wood beam ceilings and the chandelier, and just look at that stone arch!
Before I leave the main floor it should be noted that the first floor furniture and decor was chosen by the Paine's along with their architect. The second floor was not completed during their lifetimes.
The staircase to the upstairs is spectacular. I love the gorgeous stone steps and the intricate wood carvings of the staircase railing and banister.
Another gorgeous chandelier hangs above the staircase.
The next two pictures show the second floor landing: more gorgeous warm paneling, made even warmer by the beautiful sunlight brought in by the large staircase window.
The Bathroom. Loved the windows and the the stone walls.
The Belter Sitting Room.
The Master Bedroom.
And finally, The Gothic Gallery. This room was originally designed to amplify the sound of the pipe organ in the Great Hall below. When we were in the room, it had a beautiful echo when we spoke. Now the room is used as a gallery and held a few items behind glass for viewing. I think I remember reading that the family crest is in the round stain glass medallion too. That is a beautiful work of art!
Have a Great Day! Amy
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