Richardson and Olmsted's Stonehurst

Stonehurst was Richardson's house for Richard Treat Paine, Jr. and his wife Lydia Lyman Paine. It was designed in partnership with Frederick Law Olmsted, the great landscape architect, and Richardson's friend. It was commissioned in 1883, as a large addition to a previous 1866 house. Richardson and Olmsted used glacial stone from the site for main house and garden elements. Many design elements anticipate later American Arts & Crafts and even Frank Lloyd Wright designs.

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The southern front facade from the garden.
A wider view showing the tower and the terrace wall.
The complex eastern side facade, with its great boulder arch balancing the tower, then decorative shingles in a broad gable, with a palladian window and finally a horizontal band of windows on top. (The effect is reminiscent of Wright's own home on Oak Park, though he uses many of the same elements a bit differently.)
Another view of the side facade, emphasizing the arch and its "eyebrow" of shingles above.
External details: a wooden roof bracket.
And a stone "lion" bracket.
The magnificent interior with its great open spaces, first the main parlor:
And the famous staircase, here from the landing, looking down into the entrance hall.

These pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 10D digital camera. Images were cropped, balanced, etc. with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Phase One's C1 LE, and Digital Light & Color's Picture Window Pro.

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