Category Archives: Architecture

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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Light and Shadow: André Kertész at Winterthur

In 1951, before Winterthur opened fully to the public, legendary photographer André Kertész (1894–1985) visited on a photo shoot for Vogue and House & Garden magazines. His images capture the unique light of the spaces, dramatic shadows cast by objects, easily overlooked … Continue reading

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Building Winterthur

In 1929, three years after he inherited Winterthur, H. F. du Pont began to build an addition onto his ancestral home. Construction began in June 1929 and finished in April 1931. When completed, the new du Pont residence was 72,000 … Continue reading

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The Motor House and the Chauffeur: How the Auto Changed Traditional American Country Life

We are all looking forward to the seventh year of Winterthur hosting a wide array of notable historic automobiles on each Saturday in May. I have been thinking about these cars in a slightly different way as part of research … Continue reading

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So Clean You Can Eat off ’Em!: The Floors of Winterthur

Matthew A. Mickletz is Winterthur’s supervisor of preventive conservation aides and a new homeowner as well as a new dad. As my wife and I searched for our own “place to call home,” we, like most homeowners-to-be, wanted a few … Continue reading

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The House within the House: Imagining the Original Winterthur

By Hannah Freece, 2011 graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and current Tiffany & Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.   If you’ve taken a tour at Winterthur, you … Continue reading

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