New Hampshire Then & Now, © 2006 Peter Randall
|Victorian Parlor, unidentified home, Alton, c. 1890. The parlor was shere mother and father spent their evenings, reading, sewing, and pursuing other quiet activities. Colorful, multi-patterned rugs, drapes, and wallpaper indicated country affluence. The fireplace may have burned coal. New Hampshire Historical Society collection.
|| ||Downing House, Alton, 2005. The parlor has given way to the living room and, in the 21st century, to a spacious room that includes a dining area and kitchen. architect Jonathan Downing, who designd the house, and his wife Nancy relax in a bright room with skylights, angled walls, and large windows that frame a marsh with a small stream. The pale yellow walls and ceilings allow the Oriental rug and furniture to accent the decor. © Peter Randall