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Courtesy of Chelsea House, Inc.
Chelsea House

Philadelphia Bedroom Wall Panels
39.5" width x 63" height

This exquisite design is adapted from a late eighteenth-century wall covering of Chinese origin exhibitied in the Philadlephia Bedroom at Winterthur.  The original hand-painted design depicts asymmetrical treelike forms supporting a variety of flowers and foliage including fruit blossoms, peonies, roses, camellias, and chrysanthemums with soft colored birds and butterflies scattered throughout the branches.  The exotic yet cultivated appearance of naturalsitic depictions originating in the East, influenced many areas of European design throughout the late eighteenth-century, from English landscape gardens to furniture styles created by Thomas Chippendale.  Chelsea House's framed wall panels are hand-painted on silk textured paper and recently introduced in this sophisicated gold colorway.


Courtesy of Connor Homes
Connor Homes

Hampton Court House Plan
mill-built plans

Among the antiques acquired by H. F. du Pont were architectural elements that he creatively incorporated into the design of his house and later, his museum.  du Pont was particulary drawn to the order, symmetry, and stately detail of Georgian architecture.  Elements from two 18th-century Georgian homes found at Winterthur inspired Connor Homes' design.  Hampton Court, built by a Dr. Barnet in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Port Royal, the Philadelphia-area home of Edward Stiles, were both constructed in the 1760s, and each featured an elegant Palladian window at the center of the symmetrical five-bay facade.  Connor Homes uses these historic homes to create a house plan for today's lifestyles. 


Courtesy of Connor Homes
Connor Homes 

Hottenstein House Plan
mill-built plans

In 1950 Henry Francis du Pont purchased interior woodwork from a house built in 1783 by David and Catherina Hottenstein near Kutztown, PA.  The exterior of the house boasts exquiste detailing in the cornice work, window trim, and shutters.  The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County describes it as an "outstanding example of Georgian Style architecture as seen through the eyes of its local Germanic builders."  Connor Homes' architects and designers were drawn to this 18th-century house and a wraparound porch detail borrowed from a Middletown, Rhode Island house originally built in 1756, as an inspiration for the design of a historically based, architecturally detailed home for the 21st century.


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