Boies-Lord House - Table of Contents

Stairhall
Boies-Lord House

(Boies pronounced BOYS)
5853 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY

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View from the front door

Recently grained, single panel Greek Revival entry door, although not original, is period correct

  • Empire style lyre clothes rack and umbrella stand
  • Wall cutout showcases the primitive split lath

Empire style lyre clothes rack and umbrella stand - cornice features an applied carved shell

Empire style lyre clothes rack and umbrella stand - pie crust molding

Empire style lyre clothes rack and umbrella stand - cast iron bottom umbrella tray has center shell flanked by flowers and surrounded by leaf pattern around edges

Greek Revival stairway with a cherry newel and railing

Greek Revival stairway with a cherry newel and railing added to the house in the 1850s

Greek Revival stairway with a cherry newel and railing

Wall cutout showcases accordion lath

  • Greek fret wallpaper border
  • Marbleized shape in the wallpaper suggests Romantic Greek ruins

Marbleized shape in the wallpaper suggests Romantic Greek ruins



Lithograph and picture frame detail




The original house, built circa 1840, was a one and a half story, three room cottage with two rooms divided by a plank wall on the first floor. A bedroom was over the present parlor. There was no hall at this time, a ladder being the way to the second floor.

This long hall, part of a modernization, was added before 1855. Simple stairs by the front door were replaced by a more elaborate Greek Revival stairway with a cherry newel and railing.

The house has been restored to the 1860 floor plan with appropriate architectural details.

The furniture, although not original, is period correct for the date of original construction of each room. The Empire style (1815-1840) lyre clothes rack and umbrella stand and Empire style picture frame are period correct: Empire style furniture was used in Greek Revival houses.



Special thanks to Boies-Lord House Director Marcia VanBrocklin for her assistance

Photos and their arrangement 2006 Chuck LaChiusa
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