Walnut Dining Room Paneling



Stately walnut and walnut veneer wall paneling, or boiserie, salvaged from the dining room of Laverock Hill Estate in Glenside, PA. This is an entire room worth of full wall paneling. An interactive diagram has been provided to illustrate the layout of this room. Each wall of the room is labeled with numbers 1 through 6. Approximate measurements are provided for each section. Letters "A" through "J", found in the center of the diagram, correlate with photos taken from the approximate angle shown by the arrows next to each letter. This diagram will be referenced in this description. Currently, this paneling is dismantled into multiple sections; the upper panels (or field), dado, pilasters, baseboard, and the entablature (frieze and crown molding). On the back of each component, the number of the corresponding wall from which it was removed is marked. There are many ornamental elements incorporated into this paneling. The frieze (seen in photos) C, D, F, G, and I) is adorned with carved acanthus flower rosette metopes and bell-head triglyphs. The focal point of this paneling is the highly ornate overmantel panel (seen in photos C, D, and E. This panel, measuring approximately 79" W x 75" H, has intricately carved foliage along both stiles. An elaborately carved frieze depicting scrolling acanthus leaves and buds graces the top rail of the panel. On the far left and right corners of the top rail, winged cherub appliqués protrude from the carvings. The molding surrounding the center raised panel is covered in acanthus relief carvings, around which, bead and reel molding runs. Evidence of a mirror, picture, or wall hanging is present in the center raised panel where the wood is lighter in color. A cutout for an outlet is present in the center of the panel. The upper panels of the field are less intricate than the overmantel panel. There is one section of three raised panels, three single raised panel sections, one section with 2 raised panels and 2 narrow recessed panels, and one section with two narrow raised panels between three pilasters. Each raised panel is bordered by ovolo, bead, and sunken fillet molding. The dado sections are near identical in composition to the raised panels of the field. When this paneling was in place, flat fluted pilasters (seen in photos B, C, D, F, G, and I) surrounded the double doorways and windows of the dining room. Below each pilaster, the dado protrudes further off the wall, resulting in the appearance of a recessed paneled pedestal upon which the pilaster rests. The crown molding is comprised of 3 parts. Scotia molding is situated between reverse ogee molding at the ceiling line, and picture molding below, connecting the frieze with the crown molding and completing the entablature. The baseboard consists of a flat fillet base with a decorative base cap. The entablature, field, and dado sections are divided by half-round molding and standard chair rail molding respectively. Many panels show evidence of lighting and electric wiring. Outlines of sconces and outlets can be seen in many of the photos provided. The walnut has a dark, rich stain underneath a subtle whitewash finish. Varying discoloration in the finish of some sections may be present due to sun exposure and an unfortunate lack of upkeep. The window and door sections (on diagram highlighted in blue and beige) were not salvaged. The marble mantel and 3 piece cast-iron fireback seen in photos C, D, and E were salvaged and are available for purchase, see items EMARB and EFIRE2. The mirrored pocket door seen in photo A was also salvaged and can be viewed under item EPOCK3. This paneling should be used in a smaller area than the room from which it was initially salvaged. The idea is to have extra material for modification or to compensate for pieces that may be damaged. The rough square footage of paneling salvaged is over 730 SF. This paneling was salvaged from Laverock Hill Estate in Glenside, PA. Here, we salvaged materials from an 1890's mansion that was remodeled in 1915 by architect Charles A. Platt. Prior to renovation, this Georgian mansion was formerly known as "Falcon Hill", or the "Sims Estate". Items from this job are featured on Season 9, Episode 2 of the DIY Network show "Salvage Dawgs".

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