Sean “Sinatra” Reilly’s Quaker Hill Home in Wilmington, Delaware
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It Was A Very Good Year
In keeping with his affection for nostalgia, Reilly has filled his home with vintage pieces.
The Deco-flavored dining suite includes an angular, rectangular table, chairs with striped silk seats, and a glass-front china cabinet. Reilly turns over a chair to show the label, dated 1931, from Miller furniture in Wilmington.
“Anthony found this at a tag sale in Elsmere for cheap,” he says.
A pair of boxy mohair chairs and a matching sofa, also from the 1930s, are confoundedly uncomfortable. But Reilly loves the way they look.
The geometric, white-glass Art Deco chandelier in the second-floor bath looks like a wedding cake turned upside down. Reilly rescued it from a shuttered dance studio on Market Street that was being gutted.
A wooden child’s desk and chair in the living room came out of an old paint store. There’s a vintage Frigidaire refrigerator in the garage.
“I rarely use it,” Reilly says. “I just enjoy looking at it.”
Throughout the house are prints and photographs of his family and the city, snapshots of moments in time captured in black-and-white. On the back of each frame he has attached a packet filled with pertinent notes, yellowed newspaper clippings and other documentation of the event.
Living in an old house in the middle of a city usually means going up and down lots of stairs because it is more efficient to build up rather than out when acreage is limited. Reilly’s house encompasses five levels: a sub-basement; a lower level with a den and laundry room; the main floor, which houses the kitchen and a combined living and dining space; the second floor, where a bath, bedroom and office are located; and the top floor, an open, unfinished space with jaw-dropping views of the city and beyond.
“You can see clear to Jersey,” he says.
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