The Nickersons amassed their fortune through a distillery business that supplied the Union Army during the Civil War and later, through banking. Gilded Age entrepreneurs who enjoyed great financial success built American “palaces” designed to fulfill specific rituals of society with each room playing an important role.
While it is common for homes today to have “open concept” rooms, where we may dine and enjoy entertainment in the same space, during the Gilded Age the Front Parlor was strictly used as a place to formally welcome visitors into the home. Guests welcomed into the Front Parlor of the Nickerson Mansion may have spent time making customary social calls, enjoying a cup of tea, or having their first cocktail of the evening before dinner in the Dining Room.
When it is safe to welcome guests into our homes once again, what event are you most excited to host?
Front Parlor of the Nickerson Mansion, c. 1883