The William Howard Thompson House was built in 1868 and renovated in 1901 in the Beaux Arts style by the Chicago architecture firm Watson & Hazelton. Located in Jacksonville, Illinois, the stately, six-bedroom house is a landmark of that city's historic district.
Beneath a crystal chandelier, a small table off the kitchen provides an intimate dining nook.
The straight lines of the bookcase offset the curves of the carved and gilded sofa. A painting hangs somewhat eccentrically above.The sofa is upholstered in linen, similar to the linen-bound volumes on the shelves. Silk pillows.
Tasseled, buttoned "ball-gown slipcovers" dress up gilded dining chairs. Their opulence is underscored by the bare oak floor, outlined in walnut parquet. The Drexel claw-foot table was dark brown until owner Annie Brahler coated it with Sherwin-Williams "Pulmonaria" semigloss paint, deliberately avoiding a precise match with the slipcovers.
Eight-year-old daughter Isabel's bedroom has a bedstead that belonged to Princess Lillian of Belgium.
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