The Van Cortlandt House Museum, Part 2

19 Oct

Yesterday I wrote about the wonderful experience I had at the demonstration “Baking Without An Oven” which took place last weekend at The Van Cortlandt House Museum.

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”!




12 Responses to “The Van Cortlandt House Museum, Part 2”

  1. margiesmom October 19, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I love the way they have the rooms set up to look like people are still living there. Great pictures, Sherrie (I love the staircase, too!)

    • sallanscorner October 19, 2011 at 11:17 am #

      Thanks Margie’s Mom! You would love seeing this museum in person.

  2. Hubby October 19, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Your picture of the cradle almost looks like it could be a Renaissance painting!

    As for the clothing that is laid out, I can just hear Mrs Van Cortlandt yelling at her husband, Can’t you hang up your jacket in the closet?!” 😉

  3. Laura J. Carpenter October 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Wow, it’s like a love letter to Van Cortlandt House Museum, the staff and most importantly The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York who have had responsiblity for operating the house as a public museum since 1896. Thank-you!

    • sallanscorner October 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      Laura – I like your comment so much! It IS a love letter to your museum and all that you mention!

  4. Ellen Girone October 19, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Awesome pictures! Next time you go let me know. Hopefully I’ll be able to go with you. I love the old furniture. Actually anything old….

    • sallanscorner October 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      I will love going with you, Ellen. You’ll enjoy it so much.

  5. cturtle October 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    wonderful photos, as always!

  6. Fieldstone House October 20, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    Simply wanna remark on few general things, the website style and design is perfect, the content is rattling wonderful: D.

    • sallanscorner October 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks so much! I glad that you enjoy the site.


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