MORRIS-JUMEL MANSION

There's always something new at Manhattan's oldest house

Octagon Drawing Room, 1825

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The reinterpretation of the room continues to draw from Madame Jumel’s 1825 letter and decorating campaign; providing guests the impression of walking through the gray temple and into the octagonal room covered with clouds on a blue field suggestive of bringing the outdoor world into the room thus creating a transformative heavenly experience. Both papers have been created by Zuber in France for the museum, and whereas the gray stone woodblocks still existed from the 1820’s, the woodblocks for the cloud pattern were custom cut for this project. Taking pride of place is a suite of furniture dating to ca 1825, which was designed for the Octagon room. Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854) the suite originally consisted of twelve chairs, two sofas, two pier tables and a center table. The museum retains all the chairs, one sofa and one of the pier tables all recently conserved. Recent research and close examination of a later portrait of Eliza Jumel, ca 1833, believed to be painted upon her marriage to Aaron Burr depicts her sitting in the Phyfe sofa upholstered with a deep red fabric. Draperies were created reflective of the period with this same fabric. Joining Madame Jumel across the room is a portrait of Aaron Burr ca 1826.

65 Jumel Terrace, New York, New York, 10032

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Morris-Jumel Mansion is a proud member of the Historic House Trust of New York City
and partner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.