The Parlor was the most formal room of the mansion. It was used by the Van Ordens to receive daily visitors and for light entertaining. Visitors to the mansion would be ushered into this room to await their interview with the master or mistress of the house. You would not be allowed to enter into any of the other rooms unless you were a member of the family or close personal friend.
The Parlor retains the original architectural detail as constructed in 1903-04. The paint on the walls, the woodwork finish, as well as the main carpet are all original. The layers of carpets, and the detail of the stencil paint and ceiling molding were a silent reminder to any visitor that this was a family of means. The palm trees, ferns, bird cage, and peacock reflect the eclectic tastes of the late Victorian period. The 1906 Edison phonograph represents Jacob Van Ordenís interest in technology, and his ability to acquire the most recent and expensive things.