S: "A Victorian Christmas"-VAILE MANSION-December 12, 2010
1: Ophelia's | 1st Girl's Day Out | Definately Not the Last!
2: On the Independence Square, Ophelia's offered a Sunday Brunch which was delicious although a little pricey ($17 a person-OUCH!) Perfect though!!!
3: Love the Ceilings!!!
4: Vaile Mansion
6: Built in 1881 -1500 North Liberty Independence, Missouri | The cost was $150,000 for this 31 room (including closets) Victorian Home. The architect was Asa Beebe Cross and was the Vaile's own design. The Front Center Tower is 80 feet to the top. The Octagonal Tower near the back was used to conceal a 6000 gallon water tank. There is 112 windows., 9 marble fireplaces, spectacular painted ceilings.
8: The outside is impressive, The front doors are ten foot ornate carved doors trimmed in solid bronze, across a Dutch tiled entry, and through a second set of great carved doors framed by etched glass panels.
9: Beautiful Main Staircase made of Black Walnut
11: Formal Parlor- | This is called a Teddy Chair. So two people could sit close to one another without being in trouble.
12: On Left-Lawyer who represented nieces and nephews of Harvey Vaile. After the settlement, she was able to buy the mansion from them for one dollar. On Right, the people who turned the Vaile Mansion into a Nursing Home.
13: Some of the Small Decor At the Mansion.
15: Some of the Chandeliers! | in the Formal Parlor & the Gentlemen's Parlor | There were only two | original Chandeliers; they were
18: Upstairs Bedrooms
20: Hand-Painted | Ceilings
22: This Is Colonel Harvey Merrick Vaile, He designed and built the "Crown Jewel of Independence". He died in the mansion in 1894 from a paralytic stroke. | This is Sylvia Vaile, wife of Harvey. She and her husband were inspired by a large French home in Normandy France for the design of the Vaile. She preceded Harvey in death in 1883 from an overdose of morphine.
23: "Innocence" is the name of this painting created by an Italian artist. In its original form the woman was naked from the waist up. It was controversial at the time, so had to be redone. This painting was above Mrs. Vaile's bed.
24: This is Nature's Bower, it is at the end of the hall room on the second floor. It is part of the center tower, the woodwork is finished in a series of whimsical caricatures. The ceiling is blue with stairs to represent the night sky.
25: Staircases-1st-all the way up, 2nd-skylight(original), 3rd-goes to third floor, 4th-servant's staircase.
26: This Is the Toilet! | & Bath-tubs
28: Peacock Room | The
33: Fire | Places
39: This was the carriage house, now it is a private residence; too bad we couldn't tour that also :)
40: This was our instructor in the dining room.
43: On our way to the Vaile Mansion we passed by the Mormon Church; Weird yet beautiful! | We also saw two pgymy goats in a yard on Liberty Street. Two fat goats a black and a gray one; unfortnately the photo must not have turned out. | To end our Great Day we went to see "Burlesque" starring Cher & Christina Aquilera. It was another Great movie!!!
45: So Here's to | a Few more Great Memories!