W.H. and Miriam Lutcher Stark occupied the house from the 1890s until 1936. The family collections include art, furniture, household accessories, food service objects, rugs, linens, and more representing many different styles over 50+ years. Miriam Lutcher and W.H. Stark were also avid collectors and their home featured these items and others they inherited from their families.
The Stark House cut glass collection is comprised of pieces from the American Brilliant period (1876 – circa 1917). Vases, plates, platters, and other pieces portray the artistry and skill of the period. The majority are from the T.G. Hawkes & Company and the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company. Other makers represented include J. Hoare & Company, H.P. Sinclaire & Company, and Steuben Glass.
- after 1904
- T.G. Hawkes & Company (American, 1880-1962), manufacturer
- cut glass
The Stark House furniture collections span a century and feature items including beds, chairs, tables, and desks, and more. This collection showcases a variety of materials, and a range of styles and forms that the W.H. Stark family used during their lives.
- Kneehole Desk
- circa 1900
- unknown Chinese maker
The Stark House textile collection spans five centuries of beautiful creations. The W.H. Stark family had everyday pieces for their life at home, like tablecloths and napkins, as well as elaborate decorative pieces. The Stark House also features Miriam Lutcher Stark’s collection of handmade antique lace with pieces from as early as the 1500s.
- 17th century
- Unknown Italian maker
- gros point lace
From simple stoneware to delicate porcelain pieces, the largest collection in the Stark House is the pottery collection. It includes major holdings from Germany, France, England, Japan, and China. Most objects are from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Highlights include Staffordshire transfer print pieces, dinner sets with hundreds of individual objects, Satsuma pottery, and much more.
- Service Plate
- circa 1911
- Heinrich & Company (Bavaria, founded 1896), manufacturer