WEST HARTFORD >> The Junior League of Hartford (JLH) recently annoucned that its 13th triennial Decorator Show House, situated in the lovely Rosemere Orchards Development off Mountain Road in West Hartford, is a stately English Manor style house at 64 Orchard Road.
The magnificent 7,000-plus-square-foot estate will be completely transformed when regional interior designers, decorators and landscape architects reimagine and redecorate the rooms and gardens of the house as design showcases for public tours from April 25-May 17. Tickets will be sold in advance until April 24 through the Junior League of Hartford website: www.JLHartford.org for $25 and at the door for $35. Funds raised will support the programs and projects of the Junior League of Hartford, whose current impact area is Empowering Women and Girls to Overcome Obstacles.
Built in 1930 by A.F. Peaslee, Inc., from the design of Lester Beach Scheide, Inc. Architects, the home belongs to the estate of the late Israel and Helen Steinberg. The Steinbergs lived in the home for over twenty years, where they enjoyed collecting art and antiques.
The 21 room Tudor is situated on a 5 acre park-like setting with city views of Hartford and the foothills east of the Connecticut River. A perfect blend of materials, the homes exterior is made of Bolton quarry stone and brick with stucco, and half-timber in the attached garage wing.
The interior of the estate has many exquisite features including a two-story foyer with heavily beamed wood ceilings and cathedral-like window, a sunken living room with exposures on three sides, a replica of an old English tavern below the living room, and a library. The second floor of the home has five bedrooms with four baths and four maids’ rooms, while the third floor has two master bedrooms with two baths. There is a dumbwaiter from the kitchen to the third floor, a separate service quarters, and a chauffeurs quarters adjoining the garage containing three rooms and bath.
“The Junior League of Hartford is honored to be able to highlight some of our regions most gifted designers and landscape architects, who come together to showcase their wide range of talents and expertise, to help raise invaluable funds for our League and the community we serve,” said Junior League of Hartford President, Laura Hughes. “Historically, Show Houses are how we have raised the majority of our funding for our programs and projects. Our current impact area is Empowering Women and Girls to Overcome Obstacles. I love to watch the creative process and the 2015 Decorator Show House is sure to be one that will be talked about for years.”
For more information about the Junior League of Hartford Show House visit www.JLHartford.org.
About the Junior League of Hartford Decorator Show House
Every three years the Junior League of Hartford takes over a unique home or estate in the Greater Hartford area, selects regional interior designers and landscapers to transform the home and grounds, and sells tickets to the public for viewing of the completed house. The Junior League of Hartford has held 12 Decorator Show Houses over a 33-year span, and raised more than $1.6 million for its programs and projects. The Decorator Show House is the League’s largest event-based fundraiser. Proceeds from Show Houses go to support the programs and projects of the Junior League of Hartford.
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Since 1921, The Junior League of Hartford has been committed to making a difference in the greater Hartford community by assessing and identifying community needs, and then developing either direct programs or collaborations with other organizations and agencies to help meet those needs. The current community impact focus of JLH is Empowering Women and Girls to Overcome Obstacles. For more information on the Junior League of Hartford, its projects, and membership, visit www.jlhartford.org.