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First Floor

In the late nineteenth century, a visitor would be greeted at the door by a female servant, who took the visitor's calling card and delivered it to the desired family member. While waiting, the visitor would have time to observe the impressive surroundings, including the dark walnut furniture and woodwork—a classic feature of Renaissance Revival style from the mid-1800s. The embossed gold wallpaper, called “Japanese Leather Wallpaper,” was added later, in about 1890, and reflects the “Japanesque” style, which drew inspiration from East Asia.

​Although the size and layout of the Gibson House are similar to other row houses in the Back Bay, the center entrance is unusual, with its grand, sweeping staircase and large, ornate reception area leading to the formal dining room. 

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