"A magnificent fifteenth century hall, occupying more than half the entire ground floor, serves for ballroom and music-room. It's four windows open directly upon the spacious marble terrace. At the farther end is a Florentine chimney-piece, its carved marble panels representing the four seasons. The serpentine columns at the sides were taken from an Italian church. The paneling is in black oak and the side walls of beautiful workmanship have open arches supported by columns richly carved. Above, the wall is covered with a Venetian red velvet brocade. The ceiling is an exact copy of one painted by the last of the great Italian painters of the Renaissance, Tiepolo."
"To the right of the chimney piece is the Gold Salon, bearing the stamp of the gorgeous Spanish Renaissance in its carved and heavily gilded woodwork. Not only does this carving extend to window frames and door frames, but the doors themselves are marvels of carved gilding. The walls are hung with a pale green brocade, while the gilded frames of the furniture show to advantage their Gobelin coverings. The mantel of amber Sienna marble carries this golden tone in its simpler lines, relieved by Russian malachite. A portrait of the Duchess of Parma is set into an elaborate monumental gold frame."
"At the opposite end of the hall one enters en suite - the dining room - which is large and imposing and entirely finished in marble. The floor is in Renaissance mosaic. The walls are covered with green velvet demasse of Genoese design. Sculptured marble sideboard tables on scroll pedestals keep up the true Italian marble treatment. The ceiling is squared off into green and gold panels, having a center painting, 'The Youth of Bacchus," by Domenichino. Enormous bronze torch standards, branching out into numerous electric lights, give to the room an unusual brilliancy when used."
"In the adjoining library a veritable Venetian gem in the way of a chimney-piece attracts the eye by its panel carvings of historic interest. The walls are in black oak carved panels, copied from the Cluny Museum. Low bookcases are carved to match. Every third case is filled with rare vases. Antique censors of gilded brass hang in each corner and are fitted for electric lighting."