Washington’s Master Bedroom – Vignette

March 8 is International Women’s Day and 2020 marks the suffrage centennial. So I dedicate this photograph to the memory of Theodosia Ford. Here’s why. If you were to ask the average person to name famous people from the American Revolutionary War, you will probably hear George Washington and the other Founding Fathers mentioned. ButContinue reading “Washington’s Master Bedroom – Vignette”

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Entertainment Center”

The North Room of TR’s “Summer White House” was a place he designed for meeting with heads of state and other dignitaries. The room, especially the Northeast corner, was used as a modern day version of what we would call a family entertainment center. The Victrola record player was acquired sometime after 1910. Here, TRContinue reading “Theodore Roosevelt’s “Entertainment Center””

From the Frederick Law Olmsted Collection

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) began in 1857 with the design of Central Park in New York City and went on to become the founder of American landscape architecture. The thousands of landscapes he designed include many of the world’s most important parks such as Prospect Park in Brooklyn; the Emerald Necklace in Boston; the BiltmoreContinue reading “From the Frederick Law Olmsted Collection”

From the New York City Collection

Recently, I was back in Greenwich Village. It’s where I went to law school at New York University. Walking along Broadway, I came across this empty storefront, which signaled that the tradition of artsy protest was alive and well in this iconic neighborhood. Ironically, someone – an NYU student most likely – scrawled “No MoreContinue reading “From the New York City Collection”

From the Weir Farm Pre-Restoration Collection

These solid wood shutters and bold, but decorative, hinges, really caught my attention. My father was a chair maker and, as a result, I appreciate the beauty of the grain, texture, and finish of wood. But, here, it’s more than just that. It’s also the rustic elegance and character of the handmade hinges and bolts.Continue reading “From the Weir Farm Pre-Restoration Collection”