At the Welcome Center building at the Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Darwin Martin House there was an amazing divider wall. This metallic and clear panel plexiglass wall had varying colored lights behind it and it literally glowed. The metal horizontal lines mimics the entire theme of the Darwin Martin house which is Horizontal lines. You will see the many horizontal themes if we ever get to the actual house.
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The mansion of John Ringling at the Ringling Circus Museum, sits directly on Sarasota Bay. The view is spectacular and this is looking back at the shoreline of the grounds from the expansive zig-zag marbled deck. There are rows of lovely Royal Palm Trees and a grand walkway. To the left is a large tent set up for a wedding or other large function.
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We are touring the Venetian Gothic mansion of Ca’ D’Zan (House of John) at the Ringling Circus Museum on the shore of Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. It was the house of John and Mable Ringling of Circus fame in the 1920’s. This is a view looking back at the house after walking outside on the spectacular marble patterned deck. You can see multi-storied house with its tower that projects out of the top. There is a spiral stone staircase that leads to the top of that tower and people are just coming down after a special tour to the top.
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Here at Genesee Country Village in Mumford, NY we continue our little tour of the houses near the main square. The Village is not really open at this time of year but they do open it for a day here and there so people can walk around the pathways. These two tiny houses or buildings are in a classic style. The little pink one would make a perfect woodworking shop for all hand woodworking. I like the stone foundation, wood shingled roof, chimney with copper flashing and even the peeling paint.
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This little yellow house (or is it orange?) was also on the main square at Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, NY. I love how the square has picket fences for all the houses and brick or cobblestone sidewalks with old original lampposts. This house has a central chimney and small second story windows.
The back side of the main building at Great Camp Santanoni was open so we went in to take a look at the structure. Just like the upper structure of Santanoni, it was all logs and notched at the corners. Many beams sat on granite blocks and others were directly on the ground. Somewhere, they had a large wine cellar in one of the many basements, but I did not see it.
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There were a few detached structures (no porches or covered runways to it) at Great Camp Santanoni. One was the very large Boathouse on the left side of Santanoni and one the beautiful Studio or “Artist’s Studio” on the far right side of Santanoni. Edward Lansing Pruyn (Ned), the son of Robert C. Pruyn the founder of Santanoni wanted to have a career of painting and artistry. His father Robert Pruyn had this Artist Studio built nearby right on the lake side. It was made in 1904 and designed by the architects Delano & Aldrich. It had a log structure like the main house at Santanoni, but differed in that it had a large window with stone arch to let in lots of light. The massive stone chimney was actually built on top of a boulder so it became part of the landscape. The inside had large timbered beams also different than the main house.
Ned Pruyn had gone to Harvard and helped design the Gatehouse and road system and was the person who came up with the natural timber bridge guardrails that later became standard at NY State Parks and later at National Parks in the United States. He decided to not pursue banking and finance like his siblings and instead spent 50 years as a painter here.
A view of the masonry side with the fireplace and boulder:
The fire extinguisher and propane tank are not original but for use by the camp carpenter who uses the cabin to stay for the summers to make repairs on the camp.
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This is the last building photographed at the Farm on the road to Great Camp Santanoni within the giant 12,900 acre preserve. There are over 30 separate buildings in total on the preserve and this cute little cottage was the original older, smaller Farm House. The Farm at Santanoni was large enough to have a large dairy barm, sheep herd, pigs, chickens, turkeys, pidgeons, and lots of crops including maple sugar.
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The Farm at the Santanoni Preserve in Newcomb, NY in the Adirondacks was huge. It was maintained by a staff of caretakers and a head farmer who lived at this “new” Farmhouse. This structure overlooked the dairy barn and had large rooms inside. The Farm provided the Pruyn family and guests by having pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and vegetables. Santanoni Preserve was established in 1892 to Robert C. Pruyn, a prominent bank executive in Albany. The preserve had 12,900 acres and we are only 1/3 the way into the preserve by horse-drawn wagon so far.
This structure gives you a small idea of what is to come at the Great Camp further down the road. This has a stone foundation, with a timbered porch and roof supports. The outer walls and roofs are cedar shingled. The rails and stiles around the window panes are painted red.
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The Santanoni Preserve was so vast, being 12,900 acres and 8 miles long and 2-4 miles wide, that it had its own farm to supply the Great Camp. It had a huge Dairy barn with round turrets that burned down in the past century. They had their own milk, eggs, crops and even maple sugar produced on the grounds. As we go down the long road to Camp Santanoni about 45 minutes along, we arrive at the farm. There are still many original buildings here to explore and this one is the original creamery. It survived probably because it was stone, but the two story wood farmhouse next to it also survived.
It was said that the Pruyns used Santanoni during the summer months and enjoyed the farm fresh produce so much that when they went back to Albany they had the preserve manager drive milk, eggs and vegetables up to them a few times a week.
A view of the creamery from behind:
The Creamery from the other side: