117 West Chester Park – Front Reception Room

One of the largest profiles in Old Boston’s catalog, this complex design was chosen for the most exclusive South-End buildings of the late 1850s and early ’60s. Such was the home of William F. Nichols, a successful dry-goods merchant, at 117 West Chester Park. An elaborate, sinuous swirl of foliage and flowers is framed in an elegant cornice, further enhanced by a crowning pattern. Accompanied by an eclectic combination of wallpapers, this beautiful crown-molding profile was captured in all its glory in an 1870s photograph of Mr. Nichols’s front reception room.


Front reception room at 117 West Chester Park, home of William F. Nichols - ca. 1875




Old Boston, Interior Architectural Restoration and Renovation