Victorian House Gallery
The Victorian House
The Victorian House
When not enjoying the home's interior, guests can enjoy quiet moments in The Victorian House's landscaped gardens. Brick walkways meander through the grounds, dotted with benches. A large array of spring, summer and early fall perennials will engage the grounds in year-round color. Evenings are especially delightful on the grounds as guests can enjoy visually-interesting lighting, a water garden feature, and music piped into the gardens. Creating enclosures for the area are formal hedges, plant materials, and a Victorian fence. Described as "an oasis in the middle of campus," The Victorian House offers respite within a quietly elegant atmosphere and exemplifies Penn College's commitment to excellence.
The Queen Anne-style house features 3,900 square feet of space on two floors. Highlights include a wraparound porch, a grand 22-foot foyer with an inviting oak staircase, and a second-floor glass rotunda containing a sitting room/library. The first floor holds a grand parlor with fireplace, a large dining room, kitchen, office, man's and women's restrooms, and a bedroom with private bath.
In the parlor, two intimate conversation areas create a delightful gathering spot near a crackling fireplace. Lace panel window treatments, an exquisite etched-glass cabinet, and a delicate chandelier, complemented by a hand painted decorative medallion, provide enchanting accents. French doors can be opened during warm weather, offering access to the home's wrap-around porch, complete with inviting wicker furniture.
The dining room is dominated by a magnificent 20-foot cherry table which can seat up to 20 people. Rich burgundy is the space's focal color, with intriguing wall and shelved ceiling detail achieved by 11 different wall coverings and hand-cut border treatments. Two chandeliers and two recessed china closets enhance the room's decor and, in true Victorian flair, a majestic 5-point elk presides over the fireplace.
The second floor contains three bedrooms, each with private baths, the library, and laundry facilities. The home's four guest rooms are dedicated to four local couples who have demonstrated dedication to the College. They are: Mr. and Mrs. John Blaschak, Mr. and Mrs. James Meyer, Dr. and Mrs. Harshad Patel, and Dr. and Mrs. Francis Powers. The rooms are individually decorated and appointed with Victorian reproduction furniture. As well, they are enhanced by screenprinted Victorian reproduction wall coverings and feature delicate chandeliers complemented by hand-painted decorative medallions.