The decor of the Allen House reflects the "Aesthetic Movement" of the Victorian Age. The credo of the vanguard of the Aesthetic Movement was "art for art's sake" and that art should be reflected in every aspect of artfully ornamented decoration. The major designers of the Aesthetic Movement were Charles Eastlake, William Morris, Christopher Dresser, and Walter Crane. Their artistic endeavors included the naturalism of Morris and Crane and the geometric designs of Dresser. The Aesthetic Movement was influenced by English, Japanese, Persian, and Chinese arts.
The decor of the Inn reflects the essence of the design philosophy of the Aesthetic Movement and is exhibited in the ornate furnishings, ceiling, wall and floor coverings and art. The decor includes intricately carved Eastlake cherry wood fireplace mantels which are catalogued by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Fine antique Eastlake furniture is complemented by ornamented and embellished ceiling and wall coverings, hand block printed by Bradbury and Bradbury of Benicia, California and Liberty of London, England. Additional period wallcoverings noted at the Allen House are Anaglypta and Lincrusta wall coverings from Crown of London. Floor coverings include Persian and Oriental carpets and antique Indian straw matting. Pre-Raphaelite art adorns the walls. Period textiles and lace enhance the Aesthetic Movement decor.
The Allen House Inn is the proud recipient of the
Historic Preservation Award
Amherst Historical Commission.
Porch at Amherst Inn
Amherst Inn Living Room