Monday, May 30, 2011

Salisbury House



Wanted to share this AWESOME house with you. We went to tour it one day while I was in Des Moines. Of course I took about 3 pictures and my camera battery died so Jenna was kind enough to take pics on her iphone for me. So these are as good as I got.






Salisbury House was built by Edith and Carl Weeks from 1923 thru 1928. It was modeled after "The King's House" manor house used by royalty in Salisbury England dating back to the 13th century.





Carl Weeks had made his fortune from women's cosmetics - the Armand Cosmetics Company.



The house is absolutely beautiful! Check out the closets! I want closets like those!











Can't you just picture being a lady strolling the gardens with not a care in the world! Wouldn't that be nice!






12 comments from wonderful readers:

Kathie said...

I love touring houses like this
oh look at those windows, I see a great quilt idea :)
great ceiling too!
Kathie

fabriquefantastique said...

I fancy that linen cupboard!

Barb said...

Wow -
thanks for a great tour!!

Dawn said...

Beautiful house. We did a house tour too - Angelino neighborhood in LA. Victorians and Craftsmen that were no so castle like ;-)
I too would like those closets...
Thanks for sharing!

regan said...

What a beautiful place....and the furnishing were gorgeous! Love the painting at the end! And those closets....the 'original' closet works system! lol

Karen said...

so glad to have a minute to catch up with you! Wow...I'd give my right arm (not really) for closets like that...but then the throne could make a real statement in my bathroom :-)
Thank you for the lovely virtual tour. Sounds like you girls had a lovely time.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

My comment has nothing whatsoever to do with the post here. I just wanted to drop by and let you know I saw the write-up about you at "Irish Muses". Your quilts are all lovely. I especially love the last one that was featured - the one with all the houses. I've never seen that pattern before. Love it! I'd love it if you can share the pattern. Love the colors you used in the Log Cabin quilt. Excellent choice of colors.

Willow said...

Hi, just came over from Micki's. Congrats of being Star of the month. You have a wonderful blog here and I enjoy seeing pics of the exciting house.

Pat said...

What a beautiful house. I also want a closet like that. And wow, that toilet!!! LOL

Vivian said...

How wonderful to see your photos of Salisbury House. I took the tour there years and years ago, back when I was a teacher, and Salisbury House housed the headquarters for the Iowa State Teachers' Association. It's as beautiful as your photos show. Thanks for the memories.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

So pleased that you had a lovely visit with your daughter here in Des Moines. We are very forunate to have a beautiful city with many interesting features and a very special Salisbury House!

Carolyn

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Glad you had a chance to experience one of our local treasures! You were right in my neighborhood! I see you also stopped by the headquarters of Meredith and their magazines, which I work for.