By Riddle, Theodate Pope; Riddle, Theodate Pope; O'Gorman, James F
Nestled within the bucolic village of Farmington, Connecticut, on the summit of 152 hilltop acres, sits what many architectural historians deliberate to be the best Colonial Revival condominium within the usa. The 33,000-square-foot Hill-Stead was once equipped for Alfred Pope, a filthy rich Cleveland industrialist trying to find an East Coast state property to accommodate his world-class number of French impressionist paintings. the home used to be designed through his daughter, Theodate, a self-trained architect of substantial expertise and ambition at a time while ladies of her category have been anticipated to target family members and social prestige. within the spring of 1901, Alfred and Ada Pope moved into their "great new condo on a hilltop," as American novelist and coffee houseguest Henry James could later describe it. simply as amazing are Hill-Stead's grounds, designed in session with panorama architect Warren H. Manningfeaturing miles of dry-laid stone partitions, lawns, meadows, and woodlandsthe crowning jewel of that's the sunken backyard designed for Theodate by way of her buddy Beatrix Farrand. while Theodate died in 1946, her will stipulated that the contents of the home by no means be moved, lent, or offered. at the present time, it truly is maintained in addition to the grounds as a not-for-profitmuseum.
Hill-Stead is the 1st finished monograph in this vintage American domestic. Editor James F. O'Gorman combines lovely colour images of the house's structure, paintings, and furniture with the most recent historic scholarship. the 19 interval rooms offered in situ contain work by means of Cassatt, Degas, Manet, Monet, and Whistler; eastern woodblock prints; and works on paper by way of Whistler, Piranesi, Dürer, and Millet. furniture, together with unique Chippendale, Sheraton, and Empire-period antiques are all thereright down toTheodate's parrot, crammed yet nonetheless captivating in his pagoda cage in her morning room. The relatives silver and china might be considered within the kitchen, and monogrammed tub towels nonetheless dangle over the large porcelain tubs. Hill-Stead contains a long-overdue reappraisal of the layout contributions of Theodate Pope Riddle. The layout of Hill-Stead, lengthy thought of to be principally the paintings of the company McKim Mead and White, is published to be the paintings of 1 of this country's earliest very important ladies architects. Hill-Stead contains a preface through architect Robert A. M. Stern
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Extra resources for Hillstead House : the country place of Theodate Pope Riddle
H. ”23 Although the statement was made in reference to an arboreal problem described by Theodate, it clearly had wider implications. Two years later she was ready to tackle a much larger project in a retrospective vein—her parents’ house up the hill. 24 Hill-Stead was created in the bucolic Connecticut River Valley as a foil to the Pope family’s urban setting in Cleveland. The style of the Euclid Avenue home stood in contrast to that of Hill-Stead. The Boston architect William Ralph Emerson (1833– 1917) designed the former in 1883, while at the peak of his career.
Following her marriage to Alfred, Ada made directing the Pope household her life’s work, as was the custom of nineteenth-century American women of privilege; she accomplished this task with legendary skill and grace. While at first less than enthusiastic about the move to Farmington, she adapted to country living. It was she who acquired many of the furnishings at Hill-Stead and created its stylish yet comfortable environment. Ada never fully recovered from her husband’s death in 1913. In her later years, she found it difficult to spend long, lonely winters at Hill-Stead and rather, spent increasing amounts of time in California with her Brooks family relatives.
Some volumes are technical; some, historical. All were popular works reflecting the taste of the time. Although some predate the design of Hill-Stead and some appeared later, all have an important place in our understanding of the design and meaning of the house. Norman Isham and Albert F. Brown’s Early Rhode Island Houses, of 1895, is there. Written by architects, it is a detailed analysis of the structural technology of seventeenth-century homes, illustrated by analytical drawings. Thomas Allen Glenn’s two-volume Some Colonial Mansions and Those Who Lived in Them, published in 1899 and 1900, also occupies a shelf, having appeared just as Hill-Stead rose on its lofty site.