Colonial House – Part 10

Colonial House

There is a hierarchy to space and woodwork and it is designed to impress. Social status was important. Rooms used for entertaining had greater social importance than room used only by the family. These public rooms, such as the parlor and dining room, where the family status was being displayed, had more elaborate woodwork than private rooms, such as bedchambers. First floor rooms were more socially important than second floor rooms.

Door casing on public doors.

Wider and more elaborate door casing used on the passage, parlor, and dining room doors where guests would see them and recognize the social significance.

Door casing on private rooms.

Narrower and less elaborate door casing was used on chambers and other rooms used exclusively by family members.

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