HISTORIC DETAILS: The North Wing

Our historic home was commissioned in 1901 as a weekend retreat and as a place for the prominent lawyer Bradley Palmer to exercise his horses. The original entrance to the home was through the North Wing, which looked out onto a grassy lawn that sloped down towards the Ipswich River. In the 1920’s the rooms that originally held the stables and carriage house were converted into our Great Room and Dining Room, and the iconic red door entrance was added to the western side of the house. The North Wing is warm and spacious with hand-carved wooden details, high ceilings, built-in benches, and fireplaces.

Historic arts and crafts style North Wing with exposed beams and benches at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

Shane Godfrey Photography

ENTRANCE

The double doors leading into the home are adorned with steel fixtures, and there are two small windows on the left and right side of the door. The window on the eastern side of the entrance has a small stained glass rooster with the word “Matin” (“The Morning Song of Birds”) and the western side of the entrance has a window with an owl and the word “Vesper” (“The Evening Star”) as a reference for the sunrise and sunset.

Stained glass rooster with matin written on north wing window at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (600x800) Stained glass owl with vesper written on north wing window at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (600x800)

Photo: Sarah Boucher

The rich oak and cherry wood throughout the North Wing of the house are a prominent feature. Another significant door that is visible from the front entrance is one of the doors leading to the original location of the stables. The door has three window panels with wrought iron decorative glass, and depicts three horsemen with an inscription from Shakespeare’s “A Lovers Complaint”.

‘Well could he ride, and often men would say

‘That horse his mettle from his rider takes:

Arts and crafts syle entry with steel fixtures to historic Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (532x800) View More: http://brianamoore.pass.us/yvonne-steve-married

Briana Moore Photography

PARLOR

The parlor has a smaller fireplace with large windows that face the western and northern sides of the property. This may have been the location of a dining table in the original layout of the home. Today we often setup our wooden bar in the Parlor, the perfect place to enjoy music and drinks!

Parlor with cockail tables and bar at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

Shane Godfrey Photography

LIBRARY

The Library has built-in cabinets and shelving with detailed molding lining the entire room. A large mantle and ample space for books helps us to conclude that this room may have had a study desk or reading chairs at some point! This room is perfect for private meetings, meals and as additional space for cocktail hour!

Library with fireplace and shelves Willowdale Estate in Topsfield Massachusetts willowdaleestate.com (800x533)

Shane Godfrey Photography

If you liked this post please check out the other “HISTORIC DETAILS” posts below:

Dining Room

Windows of Willowdale 

The Wedding Suite

Great Room 

Date: November 6th, 2015
Categories: Historic Details

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