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.
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.
The house itself is rather modest.
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.
The studio also has entertaining areas along with the work areas, and it is situated in a garden setting.
Interspersed on the grounds are works by contemporary sculptors.
As well as works by French’s daughter, such as this Lincoln Sculpture.
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