The front-parlor discussed and illustrated above and below is currently a work in progress. When completed in fall 2024, it will be the first space seen by visitors as they enter an elegant, 1830 Greek Revival mansion in Mount Holly, NJ, that is the home of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences. Currently open as a site for public programs and other events, the Lyceum will—in stages beginning this fall—make its full debut as both a regional museum and a 21st-century reimagining of a 19th-century “lyceum”: a public gathering place for individual and community learning and uplift presenting discussions, performances, and a permanent exhibition exploring the history, ecology, industrial and commercial development, culture, and the people of Burlington County.

Still to come in this front-parlor: More art for the walls, elaborate Classical giltwood mirrors, carpeting, draperies, and a spectacular but thoroughly period-appropriate hand painted mural/frieze/border by decorative-painter Nadia Zychal that will grace the top of the walls.

Courtesy of the Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, Mount Holly, New Jersey. Exhibition design: studioMUSarx. Renderings: Nadia Zychal. Photos: Anthony Jacobsen