The college where I attended had a large parlor in the main administration building, and it featured several Victorian-style sofas. They were the kind that had the large round section in the middle, with wing ends. They were velvet and absolutely lent an air of elegance to the room that nothing else did.
The parlor was for student use, and even though those sofas weren't the most comfortable things in the world, they got a lot of use. One felt very proper and elegant while sitting on them, and they certainly fit in with the antebellum era of the building.