Geoff Charles was a photojournalist for Welsh newspapers such as The Wrexham Star, The Montgomeryshire Express, and Y Cymro.
There’s a 2011 photo of practically the same view as above here.
A little Monday morning prettiness. . .
The walk to the house from the flower garden at “Thornewood,” Lakewood, Washington, 1923, a hand-colored glass lantern slide by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The house was built between 1909 and 1911 for Chester and Anna Thorne — constructed partly from a 400-year-old Elizabethan manor house, which Chester purchased in England and had dismantled and shipped to Lakewood.
Thornewood’s over 30 acres of formal “English” gardens were designed by James Frederick Dawson and John Charles Olmsted of Olmsted Brothers from 1908 to 1913. They were originally cared for by 28 gardeners.
Today, the property still exists as the Thornewood Castle Inn and Gardens.
It is magnificent. It is what God would have done if he had the money.
— [of a perfectly groomed estate] Noel Coward
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Yesterday, we visited the Rukali Palace Museum in the town of Nyanza, a couple of hours south of Kigali.
The museum grounds hold a reconstruction of the palace of Mwami (King) Musinga Yuhi V (a few miles from its original location), as well as the actual Western-style palace built for his successor, Mwami Rudahigwa Mutara III, in 1932.
Musinga lived in a palace like this from 1899 until his death in 1931.
Traditional building and weaving techniques were used to make the structures of grass, reed, and bamboo. The work is very fine.
A cow pen is part of the reconstruction. Cows were very important in Rwandan royal culture, and each of the king’s cows had a personal poem that was chanted or sung to call it out. They might also be decorated like this one.
The modern palace (used from 1932 to 1959) is decorated inside and out in geometric motifs. Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside.
The courtyard garden is planted in hedges laid out in patterns like those traditionally used in baskets, mats, and room partitions.
More about traditional Rwandan homes here.