First Floor Early American Ambiance
From the moment you arrive at the By-Way Guest House in Ord, Nebraska you immediately notice the stately example of an early 20th century home with its “wrap around” porch. Relax with a good book from the wrap-around porch or just enjoy the playfulness of squirrels as the romp around the large corner lot.
Construction was typical of the early 1900s. Walls are constructed of lathe and plaster, with bricks filling the space between the walls. The original wood siding is now protected by vinyl siding. The original solid oak woodwork and hardwood floors can be seen throughout the interior from the minute you enter the front door looking up the grand staircase to the beautiful window sills and interior doors.
The Grand Staircase is a favorite location to capture that special moment.
Slip through the beautiful “pocket doors” into the Living Room. Guests can enjoy television, music or just enjoy one of the books that are written about the local area. With ample seating, the “Parlor” as it was known in the early 20th Century, is the perfect place to relax after a long day.
The kitchen and pantry are fully furnished with all the modern conveniences along with place settings for 30 people. A continental breakfast awaits the guests each morning here in the kitchen, where the original metal panels decorate the ceiling.
The large floor to ceiling windows invite ample light to the formal dining room with seating for twelve guests, and a piano gives guests the opportunity for a good ole’ sing along. Take notice of the original china cupboards in opposite corners of the dining room. Pocket doors connect the kitchen and living room to the formal dining room.
Grab a quick snack or a soft drink in the sunroom, or step outside and enjoy the peaceful quiet of a Midwest evening.