Monday, April 7, 2008

Before and After #2

The Morse-Libby House, also known as the Victoria Mansion, is a national historic landmark, as pictured circa 1900 and Today. Built in 1860 and located at 109 Danforth Street.


Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts.

From Wikipedia....

This stately brownstone Italiante villa was completed in 1860 as a summer home for hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse. Morse had left Maine to make his fortune with hotels in New York, Boston, and New Orleans. The house was designed by the New Haven architect Henry Austin. Its distinctive asymmetric form includes a four-story tower, overhanging eaves, verandas, and ornate windows. Frescoes and trompe l'oeil wall decorations were created by the artist and decorator Giovanni Guidirini.


  1. Great now and then. It looks almost exactly the same, which is nice to see now days.

  2. This is wonderful... I love the restoration.

  3. A beautiful structure. I'm a sucker for architecture!