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1812 Guerriere Weekend Part III: Lounging at the Commandant’s House

Between our performances during the day on Saturday and the evening ball that night we had down time during which we wanted to escape the public eye and do a little modern relaxing. Lucky for us, the upper floor of the Commandant’s house was made available to us. The entire house is lovely, so I have pictures from various parts of the house, but the bulk of the pictures are from the upper floor.

In the front part of the main floor, an enclosed porch with lovely painted walls.

The opposite wall from the last picture. The large windows overlook the Boston Harbor.

We had a great view of reenactors and tourists from the windows. It was also a picturesque spot for photos.

Inside the main floor at the house.

Looking down on the stairs that led to the upper floor. I love this shot!

On the second floor the main hallway was nautically themed, as you can see by the change in carpet. There was also a continuation of the stairway which led up to another floor.

Unfortunately, that upper upper floor was not available to us and we couldn’t go much past this point.

The different rooms on the upper floor had nautical names: Topside, Leeward, Port, Windward, and Starboard.

There were also labeled servant bells all around. Unfortunately, the bells were not operational, but the bells still added a fun element of atmosphere.

The most exciting room for photographs upstairs was this one.

It had this lovely dressing table and mirror set with drawers and cabinets.

These sorts of things make excellent props for photos.

We all took turns trying out different angles and poses.

Across the hall was a library, from which we borrowed a book to use as a prop.

Doesn’t this just have that Jane Austen atmosphere?

And it helped that this particular chair was quite comfy!

Thinking of Mr. Darcy, perhaps? This settee was also in the same room.

These wonderfully Regency poses were so easy to think of in this space!

In another room (in my head it is “the Green Room”) were more comfortable photo options.

It was really lovely!

Our randomly chosen prop book: “The Works of Shakes-peare Volume VIII.” I am super amused when I say his hyphenated name aloud.

The exterior of the Commandant’s House, looking up from the side with the harbor on it.

Just one shot of the lovely hydrangeas that are planted all around the house.

The side of the house. See that big stone wall? That’s actually the original front of the house: the original front door is about 4 feet from the wall. And right on the other side of the wall is the modern 4 lane street. So you can see why the back of the house is now what seems to be the front of the house.

And there we are! We have lounged in the Commandant’s House! The last installment of pictures will be a post highlighting the new gown I whipped up!

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4 responses to “1812 Guerriere Weekend Part III: Lounging at the Commandant’s House

  1. Quinn, You look so natural in the photos. You must feel so at home in your lovely clothes and in the beautiful settings. And not just this one, but all the different time periods from which I have seen your photos. Again, I think you are living the life I was supposed to have.

  2. Another breathtakingly beautiful set of photos. I do love the pictures in front of the mirrows – remind me of some fashion plates where dresses have been presented like that to give the readers a clue about how the back of the dress was constructed.
    And – oh – the photos with the books…reading was such a wonderful pastime those days…’wish books would never come out of fashion!

    Sabine

    • Yes! Books should always stay with us, I agree. It is always fun to come up with non-standard photo poses, and mirrors are quite useful for that. I get excited when I find those fashion plates where they show the back of gowns, too! 🙂

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