Other notable artists whose artwork graces the Playhouse include Abel Warshawsky, who painted the oil paintings of young Dan and his mother; stage designer Jo Mielziner, who drew charcoal sketches of the family; Carl Bankston, who drew caricatures; and the Saturday Evening Girls, who made some of the family’s pottery.
A very special item is an enormous and very rare six-paneled screen painted by Charles Basing. It partitions Dan’s mother’s old studio (now a bedroom), which unlike the great room, gets impeccable light from the north.
In 1932, the Hamiltons expanded the house to make it more livable as a summer residence. The family added a kitchen, dining room, maid’s room, and second story. They also boarded up the stage and converted into a bedroom, making today’s playhouse a four-bedroom, four-bath (two full, two half) house. The only vestiges of the playhouse’s namesake are the stage curtain, a costume box, and the balcony panels in the great room as well as some costume closets and two scenery docks. “It must have been fabulous,” Jane says of the playhouse in its glory days.
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