Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stan Hywet - a tour inside

Summertime (and an inordinate number of photos) got in the way of a speedy posting of the Stan Hywet interiors that I mentioned on the outside of the house post (HERE) but I finally pulled them together!
The floorplans show only the 2 main levels of the house which gargantually measures in at around 65,000 SF.  

True to the Tudor Revival style the interiors are rather dark and gloomy; moody even. To our modern eyes this may appear like a bad thing but at this time period it would have been standard. Inexpensive electricity and technology have ruined our eyes and we now expect glaring interiors. Well you won't find them at Stan Hywet

The main room of the house is the Great Hall found right at the center of the plan; a sort of modern day great room but also true to the style's medieval hall. 

Hallways with great detailing radiate off the Great Hall and lead to other rooms.
The hallways are wide enough to be furnished and provide gracious circulation.
Tucked along these corridors are rooms both public and private such as this flower arranging room used by the lady of the house as well as staff.

 The plasterwork ceilings on this level are works of art.
This large solarium would have held lots of plants back in the day and still retains its running water fountain. Even the sunroom seems dark and gloomy on the most sunny day!
The Seiberling family loved music and the grandest hallway culminates in a round paneled vestibule before leading into the largest room of the house; the music room.
While many other families might have referred to this space as a ballroom the relatively down-to-earth Seiberlings held musical events here. It features an impressive pipe organ as did many grand houses from this time period.
Multiple sunny bays provide more human scaled spaces for smaller groups of people.

Opposite the hall from the Solarium is the enclosed porch which was one of the most used rooms by the family.

The dining room would have been used by the family in the evenings and also for the large parties they frequently entertained.
The sconces, lamps, and chandelier are sterling silver.

Multiple interior windows try to distribute the available light and make the interiors more open. These from the dining room look into the hallway.

A large butler's pantry separates the dining room from the kitchen.

The kitchen, which the family would have seen only rarely, is unusually ornate featuring decorative tile-work and the same leaded glass windows to be found throughout the house.

The stove is large enough to feed an army!
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The house is staged with family objects throughout to make it feel as if the family were still in residence.

The breakfast room would have been used more regularly by the family and occupies a sunny corner of the ground floor.

I was surprised to find a nearly full kitchen off the breakfast room so the family could make their own breakfasts without disturbing their staff in the kitchen and servant's quarters; literally across the hallway!

Libraries at the time period were really what we would consider the family room of today.
Large built-in shelves house lots of books and the ample room features many cozy nooks to curl into.

Mr Seiberling worked from home most days, rarely venturing into the Goodyear offices in downtown Akron, and would entertain business colleagues in the billiard room off his personal study.
His home office or study, seen above, features a separate entrance so business visitors didn't need to disturb the family staff.

These business spaces were separate from the rest of the house and are located just off the first floorlanding of the main staircase.
A large leaded and stained glass window lights the stair.
The stair continues up into the tower, seen on the front facade, and the most impressive guest bedroom as well as a sickroom.
The master bedroom (which Mr and Mrs Seiberling very modernly shared)features an interior window where they could keep track of their family and guests in the great room below. Don't you wish you could eavesdrop on your teenager's parties just like this?
They may have shared it but the bedroom itself is larger than most modern day apartments!
Mrs Seiberling's dressing room separates the bedroom from both his and her bathrooms and features the prettiest built-in wardrobes found in the house.
The bathroom has a beautifully painted ceiling and frosted leaded glass windows and doors between Mr Seiberling's own bathroom. Hardly private but sadly he outlived her by many years.

The doorway to the left of Mrs Seiberling's sink leads to a commodious sleeping porch.

Mrs. Seiberling's private sitting room across the hall from the bedroom contains her Steinway piano and desk which she used to run the household.
Daughter Irene's bedroom is probably the grandest in the house with a cathedral ceiling with walnut beams.
I love the curtained wall treatment with these lovely sconces mounted on top.

Next door is daughter Virginia's bedroom which features more interior windows into the hall.

Even more lovely sconces light this room; you know how I love great antique fixtures, particularly sconces!
These daughters shared a large dressing room/hallway and bathroom.

The bathroom has 2 sinks with room for a shared makeup vanity.
The bedrooms for the sons were slightly smaller but no less well appointed.

One of these bedrooms has an enviable leaded glass bay window with windowseat.
While another son's bedroom has its own Inglenook!
One of the many guest bedrooms featured this lovely sitting area and fireplace.

While another guest bedroom in an Adam theme was detailed down to the custom Wedgwood Jasperware doorknobs.

The most impressive guest bedroom is located in the tower and features reclaimed antique paneling and 16th century bed from a Tudor mansion in England.

A guest bedroom in the spacious attics, now used as office space and rarely seen, features neoclassical radiator covers. You know I LOVE these!

Each guest bedroom has an en-suite bathroom nicely fitted out for the time period and all original. 
Also in the attic is the recently restored nursery which features the original charming wallpaper and built-in dressers in the eaves.

The basement features mechanical spaces fit for an office building (which this house of course matches in size) as well as a personal gym, sauna, and luxurious swimming pool seen below.

As with any of these robber barons who were the modern equivalent of a tech geek, the house features all of the newest gadgets of the day such as this drying rack. The laundry room would put most dry cleaners to shame!

I hope you enjoyed this very small peak at the interiors of Stan Hywet -trust me when I say this only starts to delve into the massive house and beautiful details  (and my 450 photos) which you can enjoy if you visit. Join me in my next post where I will share some of my stunning garden photos!

10 comments:

Karena Albert said...

Stefan, Once one gets past the dark and dreary spaces, this estate is glorious. I love the small details: The knobs, sconces beams and the breakfast room is wonderful!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

There's so much to take in but my two standouts are the pool and those Wedgwood door handles!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Yes I love all of the details! It's a whole lot to take in...

The Swan said...

Other than the English/Tudor influence...this is a rare time capsule as significant as the Nissim de Camondo in Paris, the kitchens and baths are startlingly similar to say the least, especially the footbath in the Mrs bath and stove in kitchen. I could love this forever,..but would need a bit more lighting to enjoy the beauty of the carvings and architectural flourishes which are abundant.

Stephilius said...

What fun! And, yes, the details are fabulous. : )

Mark Ruffner said...

As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I saw Stan Hywet several decades ago, and looking at your great photos, I'm thinking that much more of the house is now open to the public. I sure would love to own those sterling silver sconces!!

Hels said...

You are right... way to dark and even gloomy for modern eyes. But it surprises me that the functional rooms, where the family would not have visited very often, were a rel pleasure, especially the kitchen and the butler's pantry. I am delighted that the staff could work in very pleasant conditions.

Paisley Curtain said...

Ah! the bright lights and glaring interiors, so right, to top it all, lack of detail and character. Thanks for introducing us to the fine architecture of "Stan Hywet".

Best wishes.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Stefan,
65,000 SF I can't imagine! At first I scanned the photos and said dark and deary and then went through each photo admiring all the beautiful details. What an amazing pool and of course I loved the rooms that probably where never enjoyed by the family. Love the butlers's pantry.
Thank you for combing through all your Summer photos and putting together this enjoyable post.
xo,
Vera

deana sidney said...

I would kill for the Wedgwood doorknobs but the rest of the house is a blast too. How incredibly thoughtful these people were! Can you imagine not wanting to disturb the servents?? Good for them. I wonder what happened to the family? Did they die out? It's a splendid house -- thanks for all the work you did pulling the pictures together!!