Tag Archive for Gilded Age

Ashintully — Serenity on the Brow of the Hill

Four standing Doric columns are holding up the sky. They mark the site of Ashintully, the last remains of a Georgian-style mansion lost to fire in 1952. The columns guarded the entrance to a 35-room turn-of-the-20th-century “Berkshire Cottage.” Now the serenity of the view of brilliant white columns along the shore of a flower dotted…

Writers in residence in Wharton’s rooms

In the evening, they share a house in Lenox. They sit up late, talking and making pizza. They read each other’s work or watch Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Age of Innocence. And each day they write at the Mount, in Edith Wharton’s inner rooms. Vanessa Manko said whatever she was working on, the movement…

Chesterwood in early fall

Barn boards and harness, ruffed grouse, swallowtail butterflies — Boston Sculptors Gallery artists have come to the woods and fields around Chesterwood, Gilded-Age sculptor Daniel Chester French’s historic house and studio in Stockbridge, Mass., with site-specific shapes and forms. On an early fall morning, the sculptures brighten the grounds like ripe apples …

French and France — Entering the bronze age?

Light comes through broad windows high on the wall and sloping in the roof — northern light. Bill Allen, waiting in the studio to talk with visitors, explains that sculptors like ambient northern light because it stays consistent, no movement during the day, no change in color, no shifting shadows. Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) designed…