[Photo ©David Dashiell as seen in Veranda, November 2007]
The Mount, author Edith Wharton's stately 1901 home and design laboratory in the Berkshires, functions today as a cultural and literary center. As part of its public outreach efforts, the center has recently been improving its site. If you haven't visited in a while, it's worth a look. There are more views of the gardens and house, which are often described as autobiographical. And past press clippings have been uploaded too.
In imagining The Mount, Wharton was largely guided by the concept of an English country house (Belton House specifically), but she was also heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. These days the caretakers of the home want it to be a fascinating place for teens and scholars alike; Friday Night Fright, a ghost tour of nooks and crannies that are not usually open to the public, is offered now through October 30, 2009. Click here for details.
Second image ©David Dashiell via The Mount
FYI: According to Theresa Craig in "Edith Wharton: A House Full of Rooms: Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens," Ogden Codman Jr., Wharton's co-author of "The Decoration of Houses," was the obvious choice to be her architect for The Mount but due to his high fees, she instead employed Francis V.L. Hoppen.
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