The Dining Room

Originally, this room was a back parlor for Carr Osborn House. We turned it into a dining room. The original dining room was located across the main hall and as you will see, we turned the original dining room in to the kitchen. The original kitchen was located in the servants wing of the house.


This image shows a corner of the our dining room. Again this room is about 24 feet square. There was a window/door leading onto the side porch. In this room we installed a large self feeding 19th century coal stove. This was the warmest room in the house. We kept this stove operational continuously throughout the winter. Again the floor in this room was covered in linoleum tiles cemented to the floor. We had the floors first stripped and finished and then as you will see, when we could afford it, had the floors covered in English Wool Axminister carpeting.


Pictured against the outer wall of the dining room is one of the matched pair of American Empire Pier Tables. This room had three large windows and the window/door opening onto the enclosed side porch.


A good view of the room set for dinner. We could and often did have 10 people for dinner. We kept the portieres up in-between the pocket doors going to the Drawing Room all winter and took them down during the warmer months. The gas fixtures were original to the house and were converted to electricity. I used to say that it cost about $10,000.00 for you to furnish your dining room and now it cost about the same to set your table !


This view shows the window/door on the left and a window on the right. You can see the large coal parlor store in front of the window.


We had a horse hair covered sofa in a corner of our dining room . Surprisingly enough, it did get used. It was not unusual with especially long dinner parties for someone to get up from the table and go over and lie down for half an hour or so and take a short nap before going back to the dinner table for the rest of their meal. We also served tea there in the afternoon on the table located next to the sofa.


We loved the carpet that we choose for this room so much that we ended up using it in the upstairs and downstairs hall. It had been over ordered carpet contracted for by Salve Regina College at Newport. We purchased many yards of it at about $25.00 a yard which was a bargain. Shortly after we sold Carr Osborn house, all the carpeting that we had installed was removed and disposed of. We really did live in the 19th century in our home or at least the turn of the century. We kept the thermostat at 55 degrees, mainly because we could not afford to keep the house warmer and you know, we go used to it. The stove in the dining room kept it really warm and it was the first place the friends stopped when coming in to visit.


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