Edith Wharton’s home in the Berkshires.
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.”
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.
To me, the true beauty of this house comes form its relationship to the surrounding landscape and gardens.
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
Walled garden in the Italian style
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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
Oceanus Fountain, opposite front facade
Detail of Pediment on Front Facade
Front Entrance with Porte Cochere
Tiffany Porte Cochere
Entrance Lantern, one of a pair
Garden Gate and Pergola Roof
West Garden Terrace
Pergola in Rose Garden
Along a Garden Walk
Detail Rose Garden Colonnade
Looking Back at Kykuit
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