Rundlet-May House

Sitting Room Niche

This arched niche creates an element of interest in an otherwise very symmetrical room, and an allusion to Roman classical architecture which was enjoying a revival during the period the Rundlet’s home was being built. Arches and curvate walls were built to soften the strong use of geometric angles found in the New England neoclassical home. The sitting room where the large carved niche is found, was originally the dining room, but today the alcove serves as a perfect spot for part of the Langley Boardman-made dining table.