Ohio River valley.
I'd love to have such a room in Ariel but I don't see how I can do curved walls much less windows. But, I could do sections or an octagonal room perhaps - we will see....
We also saw the Schroeder Saddletree Factory and at first we saw what I thought was perhaps the offices of the place. The Schroeders were hard-working German immigrants who made the wooden part of a saddle and other items. During the Depression they made over 2 million clothespins on this machine. That cute fellow in the blue jeans on the right is my husband.
Towards the end of the tour I asked about where the family lived imagining great wealth and a mansion somewhere. To my surprise the guide said they always lived right there next to the factory, they raised 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl) who lived all their lives in this small place. Here is how the front looked:
It is huge with 35 rooms! The owners let us walk about and take as many photos as we liked and I wish I had taken more.
There had been a wedding the day before, hence the white chairs.
We even got to climb all the way up to the tower room. I discovered something about stairs that I needed to know. I had bought a set of stairs from the local hobby store and felt that they were too steep, too narrow for the dignity of my Victorian era home. I planned to use them for the servants stairs to the basement and even then I wasn't too comfortable with them. I bought some good wide Houseworks ones for the main floors.
But in the Schenk Mansion and in Hillforest and the Lanier House I encountered the steepest stairs I've ever used and often my size 8 foot hung over the treads by inches!!! So, as I pointed out to my hubby and am now doing here, I am more than comfortably assured that those cheap narrow, steep stairs are just the thing for the lower level and will also be used for the upper rooms of Ariel.
Meanwhile, the Main staircase of the Schenk Mansion required a photo
Several of the bathrooms had COPPER TUBS that were very long and the owners said that oddly enough the men liked them best because they were large enough for them to lie comfortably in. I tried but could not get a good shot of the bathrooms (which were surprisingly narrow yet perfectly functional).
Above are a couple of the bedrooms, the dining room and a photo of a fireplace surround up in the tower which I found interesting.
And to end with another fine view this one from the Lanier House looking out over their front garden to the Ohio River - how nice it would be to have such a view everyday!