|Should you go?|
|Time spent||104 minutes|
|Best thing I saw or learned||In mid-19th C. New York rowhouse-style mansions, bedrooms were semi-public space. When you came calling, you’d first go upstairs to a bedroom where you’d leave your coat and hat and change from street shoes to indoor shoes. Only then would you go down to the parlor. Seems strange to me– like they should’ve had a changing room as part of the floorplan. But even in these grand houses, space was at a premium.|
The Merchant’s House Museum is a venerable 19th century home and maybe the only historic house in the city where so many of the furnishings on display are actually original to the house, owned by the home’s owners and maintained by the museum to this day.
The merchant in question is a guy named Seabury Treadwell, who bought the house for $18,000 in 1835. His family lived there for 90 odd years, and by a series of fortuitous events, the house and all the stuff in it became a museum in 1936. In 1965, when the Landmarks law was passed, the Merchant’s House Museum was among the very first places to be landmarked by the city. Continue reading “Merchant’s House Museum”