Located on the first floor, to the west of the James
M. Edmunds Foyer, is the Raye H. and Beatrice K. Conrad Room.
Furnishings in the room include a variety of contributed items. Each
window is draped with swag valances and jabot curtains. Hung from the
walls are plaques noting winners of prominent Alumni Association Awards
as well as a postcard of the Normal School provided by Mary Brei Duryea
'64. Covering the floor is a carpet donated by Lillian Dodd Berg '36. A
six-piece furniture set, previously belonging to Principal Alfred
Thompson during the 26 years he served, provides seating in the room. At
the request of Fletcher and Alice Garlock, the Western Monroe
Historical Society donated the set. The room also contains a
Grandmother's clock crafted by Ed Nihiser and a small table donated by
George Rich '54.
The Eric M. Steel Room is located on the first floor.
This room has been designed to parallel the 20th century period of the
house. During renovation, a wall was removed to create a larger space.
Valances compliment the curved structure of the windows. Various photos
are displayed throughout the room.Two settees, two large upholstered
chairs and a beige chair provide some of the seating in the room, all of
which were gifts of Florence Remsen Wage '30. Two side chairs donated
by Michael Roche '59 and a rocker, contributed by A. Bruce Schlageter
'47, offer additional seating. Other furnishings include an armoire to
house a television and VCR, green vases of the Ching Dynasty and a Capen
The Orlo L. Derby room is located on the first floor.
Lace curtains drape the windows, similarly to those used in the two
front rooms of the main level. A corner cupboard provides an area to
shelve memorabilia. Some of the pieces displayed in the cabinet include a
bust of a child donated by Wayne Dedman; a citation for Brockport
Alumni Association's efforts in restoration; and manipulative math
material by Professor Burlingame, c. 1870s. The Duncan Phyfe dining
table and seven chairs occupy a large portion of the room. A mahogany
empire chest of drawers, gift of Mary Lee McCrory, College Head
Librarian 1938 – 62, provides another area to display framed pieces.
Located on the first floor, and directly accessible
through the back porch, is the Helen J. Rich Kitchen. The kitchen, along
with the pantry and powder room, were the first rooms to be restored
and modernized. A hand-stenciled design on the curtains is a replication
of the wall stenciling uncovered during restoration. On the wall hangs a
clock donated by Ed Nihiser. The cupboards were donated for the
restoration by John Deats '80.
Helen Johnson Rich, a lifelong Brockport resident,
opened her home to students when housing was a critical need. After
raising six children of her own, she continued to support and help other
students as they completed their college education. This memorial pays
tribute to Helen J. Rich and all the house parents in the Brockport
community who demonstrated loyal services to The College at Brockport.
The James M. Edmunds Foyer provides a welcoming
entrance to the Alumni House. Windows in the foyer are not curtained in
order to reveal the beautiful leaded design. The restored banister
guides the way to the second story of the home. While picking up colors
from the wallpaper, carpeting in the foyer continues up the stairs and
down the hallway of the second floor. Restoration of the foyer was
funded by a gift of the Class of '42 on its 50th anniversary in honor of
The Gloria Mattera Room, located on the second floor,
is used as a library and display room. The wallpaper follows a similar
design as the hallway paper, varying only in color. Floor length side
panels with tie backs decorate the windows. An area rug, a gift of the
Class of '54, carpets the wood floor. A locked book and display case was
donated by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hare. The case offers shelving to a
number of pictures in the room. Leland Shafer also donated a mahogany
bookcase providing more storage space in the room. On the south wall
hangs a painting brought from France by Mattera. A photo of Mattera also
is displayed in the room.
The Pauline M. Haynes Room, which seamlessly displays
school colors, is located on the east side of the second story. A green
and gold carpet picks up the colors in the William Morris wallpaper.
Similarly to the Steel Room, the valance follows the curve of the
window. Paintings in the room were done by Haynes' aunt, Mary R. Haynes
Stackpole. A letter, written to Haynes from Booker T. Washington, hangs
below a portrait of Haynes. Other items displayed on the walls of the
room include a mirror and personalized Mickey Mouse drawing, signed by
Walt Disney, both of which belonged to Haynes' brother. Many additional
furnishings were donated by Haynes' niece, Nancy Barbour: a cherry
rocking chair, photo album, step stool, Parianware pitcher, candlesticks
and other paintings. Also in the room is a mahogany bookcase, donated
by Leland Shafer, a drop-leaf table with four chairs, a gift of the
Class of '55, and an upright piano donated by Jon '67 and Nancy Bell.
Opposite the Pauline M. Haynes Room is the Florence
Remsen Wage '30 Room. A floral pattern covers the walls of the room and
is carried into the window treatments. In the corner stands a
four-paneled Bicentennial screen donated by Peg Hare Browne '44. Also in
the room is a converted rope bed donated by Philma Cooley, sister of
Stella Bassett. The afghan on the bed was created by Bassett's former
grade school students. A chair, donated by Wage, offers some of the
seating in the room. Additional seating is provided by a wicker
furniture set, a gift of Mary Brei Duryea '64.
The Vira Hladun-Goldmann room is a guest room located
on the second floor. As an interior designer, Goldmann decorated and
furnished the room herself. The small, narrow room houses a bed, night
stand, dresser and clock. Linens on the bed also were a contribution of
Goldmann. Regardless the size of the room, the charm is maintained
through both the decoration and the lines created by a mansard roof.
The Class of 1961 initiated a campaign for the
restoration of the Estella M. Bassett Room. In 2006, both the room and
adjoining bathroom were renovated with the donated funds. The Alumni
Association Archives Committee now uses this room for meetings. The area
that once was a bathroom has been transformed into a secure storage
room. It is now used to store important artifacts and historical
documents. A new roll top desk, meeting table and light fixtures were
purchased to furnish the room.
Raised locally, Estella M. Bassett was a graduate of
Brockport High School. After receiving her RN from St. Mary's Hospital,
her bachelor of arts from the University of Rochester, and her
Certificate of School Nurse Teacher and Public Health Nurse from
Syracuse University, Bassett attended The College at Brockport for her
master's degree in art. Bassett served in the US Army Nurse Corps during
World War II. Following her service in the war, Bassett held several
nursing positions throughout New York State. In 1954, she became an
associate professor in health education at The College at Brockport
until her retirement in 1964. In 1983, Bassett was designated Associate
Professor Emeritus by the SUNY Board of Trustees.