1754, a great year for new things. Columbia University was founded in New York as King's College (changed after the revolution, obvi), Horace Walpole coined the word "serendipity" and this stunning colonial clapboard manse, named "The Lindens," was built in Danvers, Massachusetts, just north of Boston.
Moved to the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington DC in the 1930s, this historic home was recently renovated and decorated by Marietta Himes Gomez and was featured in Architectural Digest a year or so ago. Well, now she's on the market and its an awesome time to have a closer look at this American beauty.
The creamy colors of the exterior soften and lighten this imposing structure. The home was deconstructed on-site in Massachusetts 80 years ago and shipped down to DC via train.
This clapboard Georgian is pure Americana. The exterior detailing like the fluted attached columns, alternating pediments above the dormer windows, and central temple style pediment in the middle section of the house are truly remarkable.
But this is why I'm really here: THIS WALLPAPER. Yes, this scenic Dufour wallpaper was in the home when it was in Massachusetts and it was taken down before the house was disassembled and shipped. It survived that whole ordeal, and also, not to mention, almost two centuries of life. It's the best thing ever.
As if the wall covering weren't enough, the window framed by fluted pilasters and built-in bench on the landing doesn't suck either. And the flying staircase is not too shabby while we're at it.
And, of course, the floorboards! The floorboards, people!! But you have to imagine me saying it in my Long Island/New York accent that really comes out after I've spent a couple of days at home (i.e.: "flawhr bawhrds" -- similar to the word "towards").
Although I would do a color more punchy than white (for example, any color) the paneled sitting room is full of gorgeous natural light, has those fab original floorboards, and is nothing to sniff at.
Ah, there we go! See how the paneling comes alive when it's coated in this nuanced blue-grey? Gorgeous. And a lovely tie-in to the colors in the Dufours paper in the central hall.
More beautiful paneling painted an earthy taupe gives a cozy feeling in the library.
I know, I was also expecting a kitchen that hadn't been updated since 1754! So though this isn't a supermodel, it's nice to see a double Wolf over there, and not a cauldron and an iron spit that needs to be turned by hand.
DRINK THIS WALLPAPER IN. YES.
Also beautiful dado wall paneling, teeny dentils on the crown moulding, and pretty brass lanterns are not hurting this second floor hall.
More of those gorgeous floorboards in this tailored bedroom.
Another bedroom showcases a wonderfully paneled fireplace wall, complete with symmetrical flanking doors, common in homes from this time period.
In contrast to the previous rather neutral two bedrooms, this chamber, clad in cheeky pale pink wallpaper with green window treatments and a green and white quilt, shows the warm charm some color easily injects into these beautiful spaces.
And obviously you're going to have to have an olde tyme paneled colonial pub of a basement.
This is clearly not your typical knotty pine paneled basement rec room.
This side view of the home shows the gambrel structure and gives a better idea of just how big this house really is.
I'm obviously a sucker for an historic home. There's just nothing that can compare to the easy gravitas and sense of past that an well cared for historic home provides. And "The Lindens," this Massachusetts colonial Georgian relocated to DC, is a gorgeous example of truly timeless style.