The Library in 1906
In 1906, the room was described as adjoining "the gallery and is approached by two paneled passages, one of which is a survival of the structure of the older house, and the other was necessitated by the requirements of symmetry. It is paneled throughout in polished French walnut, with a plain ceiling supported by a plaster cornice. In the center of the side next the gallery is an elliptical recess, lined with built-in bookcases from the floor to the ceiling; the whole of one of the other sides is treated in a similar manner. The mantel is of red marble and supports a built-in mirror... The curtains are green. The window-seats at each window are of the same color. Green is also the color of the rug, and the furniture is green or tapestry. The latter embraces some fine old pieces, as well as some of more modern make. The portraits on the wall include examples of the work of Romney and F. Cotes. The old brass fender of the fireplace is worthy of special mention." Barr Ferree, "Notable American Homes: 'The Homestead', the Home of Nathaniel Thayer, Esq. Lancaster, Massachusetts." American Homes and Gardens, 1906.