Category Archives: Architecture

A Debt to Inspiration: On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Jayne Design Studio

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as honorary chair and deliver the keynote lecture at the 2015 Delaware Antiques Show, benefiting one of this country’s most important  cultural institutions. It is especially gratifying to me, a graduate … Continue reading

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Back of the House and Beyond: The Millionaire’s Household, 1900–1942

For a number of years, Maggie Lidz, Winterthur’s recently retired estate historian, and I have been working on a book that takes an in-depth look at the rarely explored spaces in large American houses and estates.  It has taken a … Continue reading

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Introducing a New Look for Winterthur—Inside and Out!

It is with great pleasure that Winterthur announces the yearlong house renovation is coming to a close! More importantly, the ground-to-roofline scaffolding and green scrim around the exterior of Henry Francis du Pont’s former home is coming down! So far, … Continue reading

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Historic Odessa, Delaware

Odessa, Delaware, located where the Appoquinimink empties into the Delaware River, is a cul-de-sac of history. This small river community flourished from the mid-18th through early 19th centuries as a marketing hub for the shipping of grain and goods across … Continue reading

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Winterthur in a New Light

Most art and history enthusiasts are well aware that historical objects need to be regularly monitored and conserved. But what about historic structures? How can conservators, architects, and historians work cooperatively to preserve the houses of the past for historians … Continue reading

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Castle Howard: The Majesty of the Country Home

Our second evening lecture this spring highlights another grand country house and estate. As far as country homes go, Castle Howard is one of the most grand. Located in North Yorkshire, England, Castle Howard, though not an actual castle, was … Continue reading

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Visions of Grandeur: Winterthur Transformed

Winterthur, the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont, has undergone many transformations in its rich history. The original 12-room, 3-story Greek revival mansion, built in 1839 by Jacques Antoine Bidermann and his wife Evelina du Pont, was only a … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Touch (and Creativity and Intelligence) Makes All the Difference

In honor of March’s celebration of Women’s History Month, it seems fitting to admire the many women who have made contributions in one way or another to Winterthur. Marian Cruger Coffin (1876–1957) was one of the first American women landscape … Continue reading

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Smoke & Mirrors: Modern Chic

The seventh annual Winterthur Design Conference, on September 21 and 22, focuses on 20th-century interiors and use of shadow, reflection, and mystery as a source of inspiration. It’s not too late to join us on Saturday for a dynamic day … Continue reading

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The Summerhouses of Winterthur

Three summerhouses, each unique in design, ornament the Winterthur Garden. Spaced widely apart, they are a resting spot and a landmark in the landscape. In the 1967 book The Gardens of Winterthur in All Seasons, written by Harold Bruce with … Continue reading

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