One of the greatest things that I learned this year--which I have probably always known but never been able to put into practice--is that I love architecture. I love buildings and landscapes, I love their contents, and I love the stories that they have to tell about people, places, and things.
In simple celebration of that fact, and because it was recently suggested to me that I share more of my travels on here, I have decided to post a few photos of some of the places that inspired my studies and me this year. Enjoy!
1. Biltmore (Asheville, NC). Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted for George W. Vanderbilt, 1889 - 1895.
2. Boughton House, 'The English Versailles' (Northamptonshire). Ralph Montagu (1st Duke of Montagu), ca. 1690.
3. Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire). Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, 1877 - 1883.
4. Chateau de Chambord (Loire Valley). Francois I, 1519 - 1547, later additions and alterations.
5. Kenwood (Hampstead, London). Robert Adam for William Murray (1st Earl of Mansfield), 1764 - 1779 (remodeled), later additions and alterations.
6. Blenheim Palace (Oxfordshire). Sir John Vanbrugh for John Churchill (1st Duke of Marlborough), 1705 - 1733, extensive landscape alterations, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, 1764 - 1774.
7. Marble House (Newport, RI). Richard Morris Hunt for William K. and Alva Vanderbilt, 1888 - 1892.
8. Chateau de Versailles (Ile-de-France). Louis Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and Andre Le Notre for Louis XIV, too many additions and alterations to name and date! (Grand Trianon, Jules Hardouin Mansart, 1687.)
9. Chateau de Chenonceau (Loire Valley). Katherine Briconnet, 1513, additions and alterations, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.
10. Hardwick Farms, (Cleveland, TN). My maternal family home and current research project. Barber & McMurry for C. L. Hardwick, ca. 1935, additions and alterations, Joe C. Stuart.