The information in italics is from the museum’s website (the photos are mine):
“The Van Cortlandt House Museum is the oldest building in The Bronx, New York City.
The house was built by Frederick Van Cortlandt (1699 – 1749) in 1748 as a mansion for the Van Cortlandt family. It was built in Yonkers, of fieldstone and in the Georgian style. He died before its completion and willed it to his son, James Van Cortlandt (1727 – 1781).”
Today I want to share some pictures that I took inside the house.
Here is the East Parlor:
“The East Parlor is the more formal of the two reception rooms in Van Cortlandt House. The elaborately carved rococo mantelpiece compared with the much simpler trim in other rooms suggests that this room was a gathering place for entertaining and conducting important business. It was during James Van Cortlandt’s occupancy that the carved mantelpiece was added. It was also during this period that the portrait of Augustus Van Cortlandt (1728-1823), painted by John Wesley Jarvis c. 1810, was commissioned by a family member.”
Here is a writing desk, with Revolutionary War era clothing draped on the chair:
A cradle for a little babe:
This room is called The Dutch Chamber:
“This room is an exhibition created by the Colonial Dames in 1918 to represent a typical 17th century dwelling in New Amsterdam, the Dutch colony established on Manhattan Island. An all-purpose chamber such as this would have provided cooking, eating, and sleeping space for a middle-class family.”
And the other side of the same room:
Here are more 18th century articles of clothing:
The attic (perhaps sewing room?):
I love the old, rippled glass in the windows:
And I love this staircase:
A charming Grandfather clock:
And, a drum:
I quickly ran through the house during the cooking demonstration – next time I’ll take a guided tour so I’ll learn some fascinating details!
I did hear that Antiques Roadshow appraisers have visited the museum, and were very impressed with the condition, quality and value of the items on view.
It’s a great place to visit. I’ll certainly go again soon. This house has been a museum since 1897 – it’s “done up right”!