Friday, November 24, 2017

Hillwood Mansion Part II

A continuation of yesterpost...

The pantry of Hillwood Mansion is decorated in a mid-20th century American style. The appliances were state-of-the-art. Next to the refrigerator is a dumb waiter for bringing needed serving items and dish sets from the basement.


Phone, cork board, and light display to know which room needs attention

Just off the pantry is the staff dining room providing space for the workers to have meals and relax.

Staff dining room

Jewelry display in the staff dining room

The kitchen also has the latest in 1950s technology. Everything was put in except a dishwasher, since all the tableware was hand-washed (remember, she had a huge collection of 18th century French and 19th century Russia porcelain, and she wasn't afraid to use it to impress guests).


Refrigerators and freezers

Just outside the pantry is the French Porcelain Room, showcasing her bleu celeste royal porcelain.

In the French Porcelain Room

We went upstairs and discovered the most charmingly named room at the top of the stairs--the Snooze Room. It was the perfect spot for an afternoon nap when needed. Thankfully it was not open, otherwise we might have taken advantage of it!

The Snooze Room

The daybed in the Snooze Room

Doors connecting to a bedroom and a half bath

The second floor library is another comfortable room where Marjorie lived. She had a television in here, especially since her youngest daughter, Dina Merrill, was on many shows. The card table is from the mid-1700s and reflects one way to pass time on an English country estate--playing card games.

Second floor library

Card table

Fireplace with Marjorie above and Churchill over the couch

A nice table

A hall from the library leads to the Adam Bedroom Suite, a guest bedroom. Along the way are closets for clothes and a dressing room.


Adam Bedroom

Dressing area

Fancy chair

Marjorie Post's bedroom suite includes displays of dresses she wore to various events. These rooms are decorated with French furniture.


One of her dresses

The bed

The fireplace

A dressing room is connected to the bedroom. Here Marjorie had her breakfast and conducted business in the morning. The windows overlook the French parterre garden below.

Dressing table


The bathroom was updated in the 1950s. Just beyond it is a hallway with more closets and clothes on display.



Some dresses

Marjorie in the black dress

Nearby is a second guest room, the English Bedroom Suite, that also has closets and a bath.

English bedroom

The upstairs staff quarters have been turned into a Russian Sacred Arts Gallery, showing more of the collection not on display in the Icon Room downstairs.

Chalice commissioned by Catherine the Great

More icons

The house has an amazing collection of art and would be worth the admission price even without the gardens. We'll visit the gardens in the next post.

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