The Gallery Studio Space, Unit A

The Gallery/Studio, unit A is located at the front of the house, on the ground floor, facing First Avenue. 

(Left side in the photo below, taken standing on the corner of First and Poplar Streets.)

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Right in the middle there under the “eye” windows.

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The Gallery is the closest we come to a hotel room–two queen beds, a very normal small bath, and little tiny kitchen. It is often rented in combination with one of the main floor units.  It has a locking door that can be opened into unit C if one wants a two bedroom two bath suite.

Cute!

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As seen in previous photos there are now a set of arm chairs settee where Dobbins, my grandmother’s rocking horse, is in this photo.  (He moved over to the corner for a better view of the TV.)

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There is a large display case from when the Gallery really was a gallery.  It has lots of interesting antique glass–also making this unit not the best choice for toddlers.

The gallery sits at the front of the house, with a nice porch sitting area, but because of that “front row seat” it is somewhat public. Very easy to find and check in.

Though it has many fans and repeat visitors, tucked away is NOT the description of the Gallery.  It has lots of huge windows, light and views–also with a very good set of drapes and cellular blinds which help with both privacy and the heat exchange of those very large and handsome windows.

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What’s it like to stay there solo?

The Gallery is a lovely space with lots of interesting art, nick knacks and comfortable outside sitting area with dining table.

As the original reception room of the house, it was designed to be used somewhat publicly, and it looks like that.  It is very staged, with a “for sale” tea display and many interesting oddments.  It is its own space, fun to explore, very interesting, but notoriously hard to make “your own”.  We seldom use it for long term stays because of this, though often people stay a period waiting for their “real” unit to become available.  The large and well-developed outside seating area is a nice addition because the apartment itself is small.

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We added a set of roll up sun shades to the west face of the porch in the spring of 2016.

(It only took eighteen years to realize the summer sun made sitting in that area in the afternoon uncomfortable–we are sorry to be so slow!)

The other side of the sun shade is the west gazebo yard, which can certainly be used by all.

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But the west covered porch is private to unit A

Re storage: There is a large clothes closet in the second room.  It also holds a vacuum which you probably won’t want, and an iron and ironing board which you might. There is a second place to hang clothes in the bath.

The Gallery has a little half kitchen.  And them some cooking equipment tucked into various places.  Not a full, proper kitchen, but all the elements available: small fridge, two electric burners, toaster, coffee maker, microwave and sink in the little kitchen.  Then below the tea display an apartment sized oven–tiny–and in the second hall closet a small freezer.  The last two are new this year because I was getting tired of telling folks they could not make cookies, and all the ice cream would have to be eaten in one sitting. . .

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The gallery is a fun space, particularly for a quick overnight.  It is the only one of the smaller units with two formal queen beds.  We try to make it affordable, but others are as well–so don’t let price alone guide your choice.  If you are traveling with a child, or need to cook extensively, a better choice might be a larger unit at 800 square feet with a full kitchen–and nothing that you have to worry about small, interested hands breaking.
In another post I explain that we recently moved the house thermostat–which for years was in unit A–to make it easier to customize the heat in that small space without affecting the whole house.
More on heating/cooling in the post below.
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2 thoughts on “The Gallery Studio Space, Unit A

  1. This reminded me of a quote in an article by Jane Brody, in the New York Times: “‘Mistakes are our best teachers, so don’t waste them,’ Dr. Rosenthal wrote. ‘Acknowledge them, learn from them, and become more competent because of them.'” It sounds as if you did. I don’t know about your guests. And, of course, I and other future guests can learn from your short story.

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