The Mount Estate and Gardens
Lenox, MA 01240
Phone: (413) 551-5111
Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence and of Ethan Frome, was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She designed for herself a classic mansion, built as an architectural statement in 1901-1902. To celebrate its centennial in 2002, the mansion underwent restoration as a National Historic Landmark, and is currently in the final year of its designer showcase exhibition. Open daily May-Oct. 9-5; $16, students $8, under 12 free.
If Edith Wharton were alive today, the novelist and coauthor of The Decoration of Houses would probably have her own show on HGTV documenting the restoration of her 1902 Classical Revival mansion in the Berkshires. Even owners of more modest old houses know that restoration never ends, but some recent achievements at The Mount include the replanting of Wharton’s flower garden and the coup of returning her 2,600-volume library intact to the shelves here. Ongoing restoration work in the bedroom is a window into the painstaking process of replicating the expression of a woman known for her timeless taste.
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