Making Roseland Beautiful Again
Constance Holt, the last Bowen to live at Roseland, kept the house in a condition that allowed Historic New England, after two years of intensive work, to share the house with the public. But there were some changes that had been made to the interior of the house that concealed distinguishing characteristics. Though Miss Holt never removed or painted over Roseland Cottage’s Gilded Age wall covering, cornices were repainted, ceilings were dropped, and other changes were made over the course of the years. Preservation is an on-going process at Roseland Cottage. Here is a sampling of Historic New England’s projects.