Prepare for Awe: Ventfort Hall's Berkshire Decorator Showcase

Posted on June 1, 2011 by Stan Rosen

Ventfort HallHampton Terrace is 6,000 square feet and some might call it impressive.  If I had low self-esteem, however, I might be intimidated by our across-the-street, 28,000 square-foot neighbor, Ventfort Hall.

In 1893, J. P. Morgan's sister, Sarah, spent over $900,000 of her inheritance constructing her summer home.   You and I are the beneficiaries of her vision.

Scheduled to be demolished in the mid 1990s, Ventfort Hall was saved and is under renovation, room by room.   To this point, visitors have marveled at the architectural detailing and sheer audacity of its scale, but have had to imagine how the building might have served as a home.   Except for a dining room table and sideboard on loan, Ventfort Hall has been mainly on display for a decade as a building, devoid of furnishings.

Ventfort HallNo longer.   As of this Saturday, fourteen restored rooms and halls will feature the imaginations of local designers.

As in most designer showcases, these rooms won't attempt to make you feel like you have walked into 1893.   They will try to paint a modern patina over a Jacobean Revival palate.    I suspect some will succeed spectacularly...and some will fall short.

That is part of the thrill of this type artistic exercise.

The showcase will be open seven days per week until January 15, 2012.    Times vary by day so check their website for details.

Ventfort Hall

Topics: Historical Sites & Museums, Hampton Terrace Accolades, Local Events/Places/Offers

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Stan Rosen
Stan Rosen
Stan and Susan Rosen have owned Hampton Terrace since 1999. He is the ultimate first-person authority on all aspects relating to the inn.read more