Written by Ashley R. Wilson, AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect
The studio in 2012, before the restoration, which shows extensive cracking.
There was a distinctive Berkshires art vibe at the opening party of Chesterwood, the newly restored studio and summer estate of American Renaissance sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Mass. The gardens were vibrant, the mountains were streaked with fog and sunlight, and the nymph-like dancers from Berkshire Pulse emerged from the forest to open the studio doors after nearly two years of restoration.
Built in 1896, Chesterwood, a Historic Site of the National Trust, was in dire need of help. After 115 years, the interior of the studio needed only limited repairs, but the exterior of the building was both aesthetically displeasing and structurally unsound.... Read More →
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