Frick Art & Historical Center
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I travel back to my parents in
Megan up at her townhouse (after saying a quick hi to her two kittens who
promptly went into hiding) and then Dad drove us to and through
our visit in the Car and
Our official tour started in the Playhouse. When I was young, my dad and his best friend built me a playhouse: a freestanding treehouse with railings around the sides and a little shingled roof, a slide and a set of monkey bars providing alternative exits to the steps. The Frick children had a playhouse larger than the house I rented a few years ago. Here, Helen and Childs had their own space where the scent of tea and delicacies filled the front room from Helen’s entertainment of friends and the second floor echoed with as Childs practiced with the Clayton Cadets, a military group composed of Childs’s school friends. Today the Playhouse functions as a gift shop, tour meeting point, and offices. The gift shop stills hints at the building’s original purpose; a portion of the floor is glass to reveal the bowling alley lane beneath the boards.
After the group had met in a front room of the Playhouse, our tour guide filled us in a little bit of family history.
We started our tour in the kitchen which had a whole separate (although small) room that functioned as an icebox. We went through a dining room, bedrooms, bathroom, library, sitting room, sunroom. Since photographs are not allowed indoors, it is harder for me to write details about the inside of the house but even now six months later, the elegance and opulence stands out in my mind.
- An inside door with a stained glass window
- Elaborate wallpaper in a red-toned sitting room
- Busts in the library
- A relaxed family room upstairs with specially designed windows
- An automatic music machine on the porch (originally open to the outside but now enclosed to protect the instrument)
After leaving the house, we swung through the Greenhouse which was pretty basic. Although it was lunch time, we opted not to eat at the on-site café. Instead we visited the art museum for about a half hour before heading out for lunch and eventually home.