Roseland Cottage

The Hall

A fresco, The Congress of Birds, decorated the ceiling of the hall at the Willow Street house. The Brooklyn Daily Times described it in 1870: “The walls and ceilings of the entrance hall are ornamented with birds of every variety. No paint has been spared to represent their plumage in all its natural gorgeousness.” Continuing the bird theme, there appears to be a stuffed bird on the table—a heron, perhaps? Bird depictions are common at Roseland Cottage too, especially in the tiles around the fireplaces in the parlors. Look closely to see Gothic-style chairs, similar to those at Roseland Cottage.