49 Chester Square – Rear Reception Room
The home of Benjamin Franklin Hallett, a prominent lawyer and US District Attorney for Massachusetts between 1853 and 1857, No. 49 was one of the first townhouses erected at Chester Square, the largest garden square in the South End. The building featured some of the earliest decorative crown moldings in Boston, and its reception rooms displayed two different designs. This profile is found in the rear reception room, originally used as a formal dining room. Its simple lines and sinuous, elegant foliage pattern wrapping around the central dowel are just exquisite.
Here is this beautiful profile found in a South-End reception room with eleven-foot ceilings: