Today we continue the “Living with art” series with a tour of the artwork in my dining room, yet anther room in my house that has served multiple purposes through the years. As near as I can tell, it was originally used as a family room. In the early 1950s the home was purchased my General William Wallace and his wife Fannie Grant Wallace — a direct descendant of President Ulysses S. Grant! They purchased my home and several adjacent lots to form a large estate of rolling lawns, a gazebo and lush landscaping spread across several acres (the additional land was eventually sold and subdivided in the early 1990s).
To take advantage of this extra land, the family room was remodeled and turned into a large den (this, according to 50 year old architectural drawings I found tucked away in a closet). The room was expanded with a wall of french doors looking out onto the back lawn. Built-in mahogany bookshelves were added (and sadly painted white by a later owner), a locking bar, secret shelves for tumblers and shot glasses, plus room for a built-in TV. Very mid-century, and notably designed by the same architect who designed the Coronado Bay bridge. How about that!
Following the later 1990s transformation of the original dining room into a bedroom suite, this room took center stage as the new dinging room.
There’s some great art waiting inside, so click the link below and enjoy the tour!