A Look Inside Copshaholm, First Floor
If one is looking for a word to describe the inside of Copshaholm, one of the best I can offer is breathtaking. From the moment one passes through the interior front door (54 inches wide, 3 inches thick.), one is simply in awe of the beauty.
Once inside, you enter the Main Hall with it's grand stairways. On September 30, 1916 this Main Hall was cleared and filled with flowers. The occasion? 1000 guest enjoyed a buffet supper, in the dining room and dancing in the ballroom in celebration of the marriage of Gertrude Oliver and Charles Frederick Cunningham.
This is the Library. The imposing marble and mahogany fireplace dominate the west wall of the room. The ceiling adds a stately beauty of the room, which is furnished with overstuffed chairs and occasional tables.
This is the French Mourning Room, or Parlor. The room recalls an era when ladies in long gowns stopped by to pay an afternoon call. Two of the more striking features, the carved plaster ceiling and the mahogany floor.
The dinning room is another room that is just magnificent. Adorned in mahogany with fluted ionic columns flanking the fireplace. The door to the Butler's Pantry and Kitchen is concealed by the 5 panel screen.
Additional pictures of the Dining Room. Left: The fireplace in the room, with the built in China cabinet to the south. Center: The Hepplewhite sideboard. Right: The built in China cabinet detail.
The household staff were a vital part of life at Copshaholm. The Butler's Pantry contained the dishes and glassware used by the Olivers and guests. The sink was made of German silver, a soft alloy of copper, nickle and zinc, which reduced the risk of breaking the dishes during washing. The walk-in, air tight vault, still contains all the Oliver Family silver.
The Kitchen is furnished with a large stove,which has eight burners and three ovens. It boasts several walk in refrigerators and pantry. The stainless steel counter tops and linoleum floor were added in the late 1930's A Dining Room for the staff attaches to the kitchen. A system of intercoms and bells throughout the house allowed the Olivers to be in contact with their staff. A box inside the kitchen would indicate what bell had rung.
The Music Room was added to Copshaholm in 1899, when the south terrace was enclosed. The plaster figures that encircle the room are a copy of a freize based on the 150th Psalm, designed by Luca Della Robbia for the Duomo Cathedral in Florence, Italy. The Steinway grand piano dates back to the 1930's.
My favorite room in Copshaholm. J.D. Oliver spent many hours working in his den. The massive desk, done in mission style, is as it was when Oliver used it. The ceiling sports hammerbeams that support a plaster ceiling. The paneling is oak and retains the dark color which is used throughout the house. The walls are covered with photos of friends and business associates, among them, Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company), George Eastman (Eastman Kodak Company) and John D. Rockefeller to name a few.
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