Springwood Front Facade
Springwood was the home of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The original Italianate-style house has been added to several times, the most recent modifications were made in 1915.
Roof line detail
The house actually belonged to Franklin’s mother, Sara. Sara paid for the work that Franklin designed with the architects Hoppin & Koen, doubling the original house’s size. These alterations gave the house a Colonial Revival Style identity.
Statue of Eleanor and FDR
The estate is quite large and features individual houses for both Eleanor and Franklin, The FDR Presidential Library, a Visitor’s Center, several estate outbuildings and the 32nd President’s Final Resting Place.
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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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