The Roseboro store area wing (former home of the original the Beekman 1802 store), was called the Howland House. The Holland House was only a two story family dwelling in the mid to late 1800’s.. It also housed a boys music school and the post office in the 1800’s. When former owner, Dawne Belloise, pulled up the flooring between the second floor (what would have been the attic), she found a mid-1800’s book of prayers (not Jewish), a music baton, some old bottles and a couple of other items . They had been sealed in the floor when the owners added the 3rd and then 4th stories.
The first floor will be renovated and open by the Spring of 2015. The remaining floors will be renovated into individual stores for area craftspeople to sell their wares. The additional renovations will occur floor by floor as there is demand.
My first big decor purchase for the Roseboro. I bought 15 of the large chandeliers and 14 of the wall sconces. They will make the ballroom look soooo classy! Can’t you just see these illuminating through the large ballroom windows? The ballroom will be done by December in time for the Victorian Holiday Festival.
The new colors for the Roseboro have been chosen. Rymn Parsons and Barbara Melera were on the right track. The main exterior will be Opal Cream (Behr 300 A-1) with Bright White trim around the windows and porch. The shutters and doors will be Chipotle Paste (also Behr PPU2-1) which is a burgundy color. (Yes, the shutters will return once again!)
The photo of my garden house will give you an idea of the paint colors. The new cream color will be just a tad more yellowish cream than in the photo. This should add a bit more color to Main Street but still look very stylish!
Another amazing new find for the Roseboro! A neighbor across the street from me had an estate sale this past week. I saw that they had a beautiful square grand piano for sale. I told them about the Roseboro Project and how I thought that piano would look great in the lobby. Last night, the lady came knocking at my door. She said the piano did not sell and if I was willing to move it out of the house, they thought the Roseboro would be the perfect new home for it. An enormous THANK YOU to the Ross family! This will be a stunning focal point in the Roseboro Lobby!
The Laundry Building behind the Roseboro was built in 1932. Three stories tall, its terra cotta block has a concrete facade, much like a frescoed villa in Italy. It also has steel beam construction throughout. There is beautiful wainscoting on the main floor and concrete slab floors that held steam operated laundry equipment. Some of the equipment was later converted to electric and all of the machinery is still in there. (I sure wish I could find a museum who would take this equipment!)