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Ventfort Hall, Lenox MA

Ventfort Hall was designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden in 1891.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

This summer home was built for  Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. Pierpont Morgan.

Rear Facade

Rear Facade

It is in the Jacobean Revival style.

Jacobean Revival Detail

Jacobean Revival Detail

This mansion was very nearly lost to the wreaking ball in the 1990’s.  Extensive restoration work is taking place both inside and out.  Some of this work was made possible from a site use fee – the house was used as the Orphanage in the Movie “The Cider House Rules.”

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Chesterwood, Stockbridge MA

Chesterwood is the House and Studio of noted sculptor Daniel Chester French. French is best known for his Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.   He hired architect Henry Bacon to design this estate between 1898-1901.

The House and Studio

The House and Studio

Of all the houses I have visited, this one had the best visitor center display I have seen.  It explains and places in context, the importance of French’s public works.   If you go, definitely plan on spending some time on this exhibit.  It is well worth your time.

Front Facade of House

Front Facade of House

The house itself is rather modest.

Front Facade of Studio

Front Facade of Studio

French’s studio is a fantastic space.  Visible in the above picture, if you look through the door, you will see French’s final sculpture, Andromeda.  It is as he left it in the work space.

Studio from garden

Studio from garden

The studio also has entertaining areas along with the work areas, and it is situated in a garden setting.

A contemporary sculpture on the grounds.

A contemporary sculpture on the grounds.

Interspersed on the grounds are works by contemporary sculptors.

Lincoln Sculpture

Lincoln Sculpture

As well as works by French’s daughter, such as this Lincoln Sculpture.

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The Mount, Lenox MA

Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires.

The Mount as viewed from the garden.

The Mount as viewed from the garden.

Edith Wharton designed this house with the help of Ogden Codman, Jr. and
Francis L.V. Hoppin (of Hoppin & Koen) between 1901-1902.  It embodies all she and Codman wrote about in 1897 in the “Decoration of Houses.”

Front Facade

Front Facade

The exterior of the house exudes symmetry and balance.  It is said that the house is based on Belton House, a 17th-century Palladian-style English country house, with classical Italian and French influences.

Roof Detail

Roof Detail

To me, the true beauty of this house comes form its relationship to the surrounding landscape and gardens.

The gardens from the patio.

The gardens and grass terraces from the patio.

The Gardens were designed by Wharton and her niece, Beatrix Jones Farrand.  They include a walled garden in the Italian style; flower garden reflecting French and English design influences; rock garden; lime walk; grass terraces; and kitchen garden.

Flower garden reflecting French and English design influences

Flower garden reflecting French and English design influences

Walled garden in the Italian style

Walled garden in the Italian style

Lime Walk

Lime Walk

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