27 Oct

Ellis Boston Anitques, Art & Design Show of 2014

Ellis Boston Antiques Show 2014

We exhibited some of our collection at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show, October 23-26, 2014, one of the most prestigious antique, fine art, and design shows in New England. This year’s event featured forty exhibitors.

The three day event began with a Gala Opening at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama on Thursday evening, and was followed by the weekend long show and sale. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with so many interesting people and to view the beautiful array of paintings, porcelain, and design items in the other exhibits. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and hope that you were able to attend.

Ellis Boston web site.

10 Oct

The Old Stone Barn

Danish Country is excited to have moved to our new Annex location in the historic Old Stone Barn at 44 Oak Street in Newton Upper Falls.

The Old Stone Barn, Interior View

The Old Stone Barn, Interior View

We’ve been here for over a year now. If you haven’t visited I highly recommend you make it a point to stop by. Keeping with Danish Country’s acclaimed standards of quality and authenticity, the Annex offers a wider range of furniture and lighting choices in a surrounding that works so well with Danish Country’s tradition of the highest quality, authenticity and beauty.

The Annex compliments Danish Country’s well-established traditions of offering beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces for your home in a very different setting as well as a more accessible location in Newton Upper Falls.

Together, Danish Country and the Annex will provide a unique palette from which to draw ideas for your home.

Built in 1839, the Old Stone Barn is quite large (100′ x 50′) and has an extremely unusual architectural feature: every one of the building’s 4 stories has access to ground level. Take a look at the old photo below and see if you can figure it out.

The Old Stone Barn in Newton Upper Falls

The Old Stone Barn in Newton Upper Falls

The architectural feat was accomplished by building the barn into dirt embankments. The sub-basement faces the east; the basement, the south; the first floor, the west; and the second floor, the north, off Cliff Road. Historians are not sure why the barn was built this way, or even if it was originally intended to be a barn. The owner, Otis Pettee, Sr., never told anyone why he had it constructed. After it was built it lay empty for years, until it was used as a stable. Some speculate the Pettee meant for the barn to house a silkworm hatchery and constructed it out of stone because his textile factory has burned to the ground earlier that year. (from Massachusetts: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff)