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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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Kykuit, Tarrytown, NY

I visited this National Trust for Historic Preservation site on May 28, 2009.  The house and gardens were amazing.  Kykuit is in the English Country House Style.  It was designed by Delano and Aldrich originally between 1906-1908.  The house under went a major renovation from 1908-1913 by William Welles Bosworth and Ogden Codman, Jr.   This renovation gave the house the appearance it is known for today.

Kykuit Front Facade

Kykuit Front Facade

Oceanus Fountain, opposite front facade

Oceanus Fountain, opposite front facade

Detail of Pediment on Front Facade

Detail of Pediment on Front Facade

Front Entrance with Porte Cochere

Front Entrance with Porte Cochere

Tiffany Porte Cochere

Tiffany Porte Cochere

Entrance Lantern, one of a pair

Entrance Lantern, one of a pair

Garden Gate and Pergola Roof

Garden Gate and Pergola Roof

West Garden Terrace

West Garden Terrace

Tiffany Fence

Tiffany Fence

Pergola in Rose Garden

Pergola in Rose Garden

Along a Garden Walk

Along a Garden Walk

Detail Rose Garden Colonnade

Detail Rose Garden Colonnade

Kykuit Fence

Kykuit Fence

Looking Back at Kykuit

Looking Back at Kykuit

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