Have a seat, and look at the photos of Stonehurst, an interesting estate. In 2016, a friend wrote to tell me about this house. I'm glad he did, since I hadn't heard about it. On June 11, I toured the estate, thanks Barrett for telling me about it.
|Side front view of the house.|
Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate
100 Robert Treat Paine Drive
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452
(Quotes in this blog are from the above website.)
"The freeflowing Richardson-designed living spaces were once a foil for the Paines' collections of objets d'arts acquired on tours of Europe and North Africa with Phillips Brooks. Exotic pieces mixed with contemporary works by English and American artists of the Aesthetic and early Arts and Crafts Movements. Robert and Lydia Paine furnished the earlier, west end of their house with traditional family heirlooms and objects purchased shortly after their marriage in 1864."
All the walls had paintings, usually family members, and there were a lot of books in several of the bookcases.
The house is perfect for special events, especially weddings.
Mr. Paine's Study.
To learn more about the family, see:
Walked up the flight of stairs, which brought me to a short landing.
Second floor with different stairwells, which led to small rooms or landings.
In the photo above, I am facing a very dark wing of rooms on the 2nd floor. I was not allowed to go into the wing on the right side. The entire area was pitch black.
However, I was able to see 2 bedrooms, with little furnishings, and a very interesting bathroom.
Interesting to see a skylight right next to two windows.
Views from two windows.
"Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Henry Hobson Richardson were neighbors, good friends and colleagues. Stonehurst is the crowning achievement of their collaboration, beautifully expressive of the unity of their artistic ideals."
grandfather, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
I enjoyed my solo trip, and the weather was perfect. However, there was too much sun, which got in the way with my photography. I hate windows that are washed out, and too many shadows.
The short dirt road curves around, and was in full bloom with rhododendrons, mountain laurel and other flowering shrubs.
The house is at the end.
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