Sunday, December 26, 2010
Vaile Mansion - Independence, MO
Shortly before Christmas, Sigrid and I visited the Vaile Mansion in Independence, MO. The house, a Second Empire style of architecture, has been restored and is open to the public for tours. The home was built about 1880 and was owned by Harvey Vaile, a Kansas City Star mail route operator.
Every year, the mansion is turned over to interior designers to decorate for Christmas. I don't remember if it is a competition or just for fun, but the home is decorated out the wazoo. It has more Christmas trees inside than a Boy Scout tree lot has outside. If you don't get in the Christmas spirit after visiting this house, then you are beyond help. It is a beautiful home.
The house is a bit of a nightmare to photograph due to very dim lighting only made worse by the Christmas lighting. The chandeliers and lamps all seem to have been placed to make photos difficult. Add people touring the home that I didn't want to capture in the photos and it makes for a challenging morning.This is the entrance.