Roseland Cottage

The Dining Room

After the 1880s redecoration, the dining room was an impressive place: the room had a lovely view of the garden, dinner was served on monogrammed French china, and Henry Bowen’s portrait, hanging over the mantle, presided. Lincrusta had been installed on the walls to give the room a formal look, as it had in all public rooms, and new tiles framed the fireplace. A butler’s pantry had been carved out of the kitchen space when additions were made to the cottage in the 1870s, which may have been when a screen door was added between the hall and dining room.

Lincrusta-Walton was installed in the dining room and the rest of the public rooms in the 1880s. The process was developed in England by Fredric Walton in the 1877, but Roseland’s Lincrusta was manufactured in the Stamford, Connecticut factory of Frederick Beck & Co., which held the American patent. The Lincrusta in the dining room, with its combination of natural elements and stylized foliate and geometric decorative motifs is an Aesthetic Movement tour de force. Designers in this period were fearless in their determination to layer pattern, texture, and color.

The picture on the left shows a portion of Lincrusta that was behind a large buffet and so protected from the dulling effects of age, oxidation, and years of cleaning. For more information on Lincrusta, see the sections on “Architecture, Style, and Design: Interiors,” and “Preservation: Interior Preservation.

Screen Door

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Screen Door

Roseland Cottage’s dining room has a screen door between it and the entrance hall. Screens like this were not generally available until the 1870s, so it would not have been part of the original furnishings of the cottage. Perhaps when screens did become available, it was added here to allow the house to be opened for fresh air, but to keep insects out of the dining room.

Fireplace

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Dining Room Fireplace

The tiles in this Italian marble fireplace were added in the 1880s and like the tiles in the south and north parlors, have birds as subjects. For a close look at the hearth tiles, see the Details of the Dining Room gallery, below.

Details of the Dining Room

A Gallery

The Butler's Pantry

The butler’s pantry served as a buffer between the hot, bustling, and fragrant kitchen and the elegant and relaxed dining room. It also provided a space for servers to plate food and to remove and rinse dishes. Roseland Cottage’s pantry, carved out of kitchen space, was added in the 1870s when the cottage was expanded.

Palace Crawford Stove

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Palace Crawford Stove

The Palace Crawford stove, viewable from the butler’s pantry at Roseland Cottage, was patented in 1907 and probably installed at Roseland shortly after that date. It was coal and wood fired, and had an integrated water heating element that connected to the copper hot water tank. This view is from the kitchen side of the stove, which is now office space. The door to the butler’s pantry is on the right.