Lessons from Naumkeag

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - BY REGINA COLE | PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE GROSS & SU­SAN DA­LEY

Learn from the best: the re­cently re­stored gar­dens at ar­chi­tect Charles McKim’s Shin­gle Style icon in Mas­sachusetts, where for­mal­ity and whimsy co-ex­ist. by Regina Cole | pho­tos by Gross & Da­ley

STEP OUT A SIDE DOOR AT NAUMKEAG, into the Af­ter­noon Gar­den. Stone pavers, clipped box­wood in a clas­si­cal knot around a tiny pool, pots of fuch­sias, and painted metal benches perch on a small ter­race, look­ing to­wards Mon­u­ment Moun­tain in the dis­tance. En­cir­cling the friendly as­sem­blage is a pa­rade of brightly painted Vene­tian gondola poles. | This was the first gar­den cre­ated dur­ing the 30-year part­ner­ship of Ma­bel Choate and Fletcher Steele. The gar­dens at Naumkeag, Choate’s sum­mer home in the Berk­shires of west­ern Mas­sachusetts, were the grand un­der­tak­ing of a pas­sion­ate gar­dener and Amer­ica’s first modern land­scape ar­chi­tect.

The gar­dens de­signed by Ma­bel Choate and Fletcher Steele for Charles McKim’s Shin­gle Style icon re­cently were re­stored. Why not learn from the best?

ABOVE LEFT Shin­gle-style Naumkeag was built in the Berk­shire Moun­tains of west­ern Mas­sachusetts in 1885. ABOVE The Trustees’ Statewide Cu­ra­tor Mark Wil­son was one of the lead­ers in the UHFHQW SUHVHUYDWLRQ HƪRUW OP­PO­SITE Fram­ing the en­trance into the Af­ter­noon Gar­den, an arched door­way in­tro­duces the tex­tures of ma­sonry, sur­prises the YLVLWRU ZLWK WKH ƬUVW JOLPSVH of stat­u­ary and gondola poles, and leads the eye to moun­tain views.

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