We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We have asked our friend Capt. Tom Francis to share some photos and info about his home town of Woodstock, CT. (Maybe in April we'll invite him to write about trout fishing in New England, as he is a fresh and salt-water fishing guide.)
Here's his first offering -
Built by Henry Chandler Bowen in 1846 - a local resident who made his fortune in New York City - Roseland Cottage, also known as "The Pink House", is located in Woodstock, CT. Designed by Andrew Jackson Dowling whose design concepts stressed the practical as well as the aesthetic. It's exterior design is called Gothic Revival. I wouldn't know Gothic Revival from Greasy Gravy, but that's what I've been told.
Roseland Cottage also has original Lincrusta wall coverings produced by Fredrick Walton of Walton Linoleum fame. The Lincrusta process produces embossed coverings made from linseed oil and wood flour on linen.
Bowen was an ardent abolitionist, Congregationalist, and Republican. He often entertained many of the heavy hitters of the day including Presidents - most notably President U.S. Grant who was enchanted by the in-home bowling alley. Bowen was known for his philanthropy and he had a huge impact on Woodstock and local towns. More on Bowen later in the series.
This has to be the quintessential New England cottage. From the gables to the steeply-pitched roof to the trellises to the spires (or whatever they're called) on the roof peaks to the double-stacked chimneys, this baby has it all.
I also like the way it's sitting a foot above the ground. Eliminates rot from the earth-wood contact and keeps the termites at bay. I'd argue with the "Pink" (looks more like vermilion), but it was probably a real pink when it got its name. I think the above color is much nicer.
Rather than get all depressed like usual by reading the news while munching down breakfast, I just stared at the pic, basking in its intricate beauty. Now that's the way to start the day.
Thanks Doc. The color is interesting and you are right - it does show up more vermillion than "pink" if you will. It's interesting though that the pink does show up early in the morning and late in the evening when that "gold" cast to the sun's rise and fall gives it a really pink look.
Ah, now that's interesting. I suppose the question now is, how long has it been this color? It might have been this color from the beginning, specifically so that it would turn a burnt pink in the dawning and dying sunlight.
What I particularly like about it is how steeply pitched the roof is. New England roofs are pitched fairly sharply in general so the heavy winter snows slide off, but this one's exceptional.
Gothic Revival is also known as Carpenter's Gothic. It became popular in North America thanks to an abundance of good timber.
Carpenter Gothic improvises upon features that were carved in stone in authentic Gothic architecture...
Huh - how about that - learn something new everyday.
Dowling's (I misspelled his name in the post) Roseland design influenced one other building in town although the Deacon of that church told me that it's not classic Gothic Revival but something called Italianate style.
I apologize for not knowing more about architecture - not something that can be caught on a hook. :>)
"Gothic" in art and architecture refers to an emphasis on verticality, as in the long, narrow, vertical-slit windows and the steep pitches. These days we associate the term with a kind of dark grimness, even to the point of miscontruing the title of the classic painting, "American Gothic." The artist was referring to a celebration of vertical elements (the farming tools, the vertical elements in the house behind the couple, even the couple's tall narrowness of body), but the modern viewer tends to think the artist is referring to the couple's rather grim expressions.