Ebenezer Alden House Parlor

Dave Clough Photo

In the south parlor of the Ebenezer Alden House. This Federal style house was built by carpenter and wood carver Ebenezer Alden for himself and his family in 1797, shortly after he completed the carved ornamentation for General Henry Knox’s mansion Montpelier. It remained in the Alden family until the 1970’s, through Victorian era alterations and 20th century neglect.

In the mid-1970s, it was purchased by antique collectors Joe and Hazel Marcus and restored by them. This photo by David Clough, shows the finely carved detail Alden created on the mantel in his south parlor. His tools remain in the house today. The paint color matches the original color and the wallpaper is a period reproduction from the 1970s.

The Alden House is one of 13 featured houses presented between the how-to chapters of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” 38 photos show the Alden house before, during, and after the restoration.

The featured houses date from c. 1760 to 1957 and range geographically from Maine to New Mexico. They were all photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough for the book.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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