The doors in the front hall are adorned by beautiful stained glass artwork, but the purpose of this piece is not merely looks. Havilah Babcock is describing himself within this work.
The bigger panels on the door depict a pheasant and a peacock, both being species of birds in which the male is more ornamental than the female. This reflects Havilah's reputation for handsome looks and physique.
The panel along the top of the doors portrays a parakeet, a species where the males are defined by their ability to sing. Havilah participated in the church choir and happened to be a semi-professional singer, connecting him to the parakeet.
Havilah's interest within differing gender roles, such as the positions of the male birds on the front doors, is shown throughout the house in the front hall fireplace, and the stained glass windows on the landing.
Pictures Courtesy of Mr. Peter Adams and http://www.conradschmitt.com/images/project/medium/1508.jpg