Friday, January 13, 2012


'Hill-Stead', the Alfred Atmore Pope estate designed by McKim, Mead & White c. 1901 in conjunction with Pope's daughter Theodate Pope Riddle, with landscaping in consultation with Warren H. Manning. Riddle would inherit the house and in 1920 had Beatrix Farrand redesign the sunken garden. Upon her death in 1946 her will stated the house become a memorial and has since operated as the Hill-Stead Museum. Click HERE for more on 'Hill-Stead' and HERE to see it on bing.

Photos from Architectural Record, 1906.


The Devoted Classicist said...

I have always been bothered by the "inventive" placement of the huge bay window under the portico and the skinny pillars. But the interior is nice.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Miss Pope apparently gave no quarter in what she desired from the architects---she had a vision of a certain sort of indigenous 'old fashioned' New England farmstead, and as devoted noted, the interiors are wonderful examples of colonial revival---it's a really lovely property.

Incidentally, Philip Johnson, for those who don't know, was Miss Pope's cousin.

Anonymous said...

Why the false fireplace in the bedroom?

TDC said...

In the bedroom, that is a fireboard covered in the same wallpaper. It is a cover for the firebox in the summer, a practical but decorative accessory.