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Alton, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Then and Now, 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

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