The Mount: Edith Wharton and the American Renaissance






 

Kay Davis
University of Virginia
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Grounds

The Mount was built on 113 acres of land that included meadows, orchards, gardens, and several outbuildings.

Edith Wharton's niece, Beatrix Jones Farrand, assisted with the layout of the grounds. Farrand studied horticulture under Charles Sprague Sargent and earned several commissions from wealthy clients in New York and Newport. She was a co-founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects.



Driveway
Farrand designed the driveway leading to The Mount. The driveway leads through the woods to the forecourt of the house.



Front Gate

Hoppin & Koen probably designed the front gate, a white wood fence with classical urn finials at the tops of the gateposts. (42)


Front Gate
Front Gate


Gatehouse

The Georgian-Revival gatehouse to the left of the gate is built of white stucco on a wood frame. It has green shutters to match the house.



Gatehouse
Gatehouse

The gatehouse features a classical entrance porch with Doric columns. Wharton cultivated some of her prize-winning flowers featured at the Lenox Horticultural Society's exhibitions in the greenhouse and potting shed adjacent to the gatehouse.


Stable

The Georgian-Revival white stucco stable has an octagonal cupola like the Mount.


The Mount Stable
The Mount Stable


Hoppin & Koen modeled the stable after the one at Belton House. (43)


Belton House Stable
Belton House Stable


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