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Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. Selected filters. Updating list Reviewed August 31, via mobile Great house! Thank joesCFX. The house served as a private residence to two different families, including Harry Lester, a shoe factory magnate for whom Lestershire was named; it later was rechristened Johnson City. In , the Monday Afternoon Club bought the house and added a ballroom.
Another addition was added in In , the mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; then, in , it became a historic house museum chartered by the state education department, Manker said. High, foot ceilings and foot doorways make the house appear even larger than it is. Solid, double-brick walls help shut out the noise from nearby Court Street and keep the house insulated, Schuerch said: "It's built like a fortress.
Most of the house's glittering chandeliers are still in place from the days when Phelps lived there. So are the mansion's plate glass mirrors. Most furnishings are period pieces that would have been used during the Victorian Age but were not used by the Phelps family. The house also features elaborate wood carvings done by Orville Ronk in his Conklin woodshop.
The pieces were later placed inside the mansion. Acanthus leaves, similar to thistle and poppy and often used in wood carvings, are carved into many of the house's fireplaces and doorways. The front entrance features an Italian marble floor in the hallway and walnut wood paneling with burl wood veneered into it.
A huge mirror with African mahogany sports Phelps' initials carved into the woodwork. Two griffins, mythical creatures with the head and wings of eagles and the body of lions, are carved into the wood for good luck. Visitors can see the grand parlor where Phelps once entertained guests. A portrait of Phelps, the only one known to exist, hangs on the wall. He was a stern-faced man with a gray beard.
A set of large pocket doors leads to the back parlor where visitors can see the bookcases that once were owned by Isaac Perry and donated by his family after his death.. Perry often visited the house to play billiards with Phelps.
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