Vintage landscape: the axis

door, insideMontpelier, south of Laurel, Md., 1931, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

(Those are antique smoking pipes in the corner.)

door, outsideThe house was built in the early 1780s. George Washington was a guest there several times, and Abigail Adams praised the owners’ “true English hospitality” after a stay.

It still stands, although the boxwoods along the front walkway are gone.

boxwoodThe estate  is open to the public and available for events. (Although, it has been closed for much of 2013 for renovations.)

irises

3 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: the axis

  1. I think this is the house where my sister used to volunteer and lead tours years ago. If so, I was thinking “How could I not remember those boxwoods!” Then I read they are no longer there. Beautiful old photographs–mine seldom hold up when converted to black and white. Something I hope to work on for the new year (but not resolutely).

    1. The modern photos of the exterior of the house are disappointing because it looks like most, if not all, of the really big boxwood is gone. But the interior must be nice after this year’s renovation.

      I’ve been using the ‘Effects’ buttons on iPhoto to convert some of my photos to black and white (or close to it). I click on a combination of Fade, Boost, and Antique.

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