Kucko takes us inside the legendary “Music Room,” actually an addition to the original home, has a original Thomas Edison Home Phonograph:
Inside the Pink House (Part 2): As stunning as the “Pink House” in Wellsville, NY (Allegany County) is from the outside, the view as one walks through the front doors to the inside is equally as impressive. Yesterday here, I shared with you the vista as one walked in and immediately turned right into the “Blue Parlor”.
THIS is the view if you were to turn left upon entering the cherry wood double doors at the front of this 1866 Victorian treasure, it’s what is referred to as the “Music Room”. Edwin Bradford Hall, well heeled Wellsville pharmacist, had exquisite (and quite unique) tastes. Most notable is the circular, stained glass window. I’m told by E.B. Hall’s Great great grandson, Jay Woelfel, that when the morning sun rises, the light passing through this glass illuminates the “Music Room” in a grand way. This room was not part of the estate when construction was completed in 1868, but was added on a few years later.
The Edison Home Phonograph is a terrific piece—Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, but it really didn’t make it into homes until about twenty years later. One can only imagine what it was like for family and friends to gather here in this area back in the day. Amazingly, this home has remained in the same family and to this day is a private residence—with many of the original furnishings and fixtures still in place.
A wintry scene of the “Pink House” will be featured in my 2022 New York Scenes Calendar. We are raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (participating New York State affiliates) and are approaching $10,000 raised already. Calendars are $12.25 each (plus shipping and handling), I’ll sign each one and they will be mailed in early November. Pre-ordering is easy and can be done right here at this link: bit.ly/3vuTNQ7
Thank you to the many of you who supported our cause yesterday! Watch here tomorrow for the third installment of Inside the Pink House.
Part II of John Kucko’s Pink House Brought To You By Tim Shea: