Last week, we kicked off the Watchdog Summer Long Weekend Series that highlights architectural gems not to be missed in your summer travels. This week, we’re taking you up and down the East Coast.
- If you are in the DC area this summer and have time for the 2.5 hour drive, make your way to Monticello. Monticello, “Little Mountain,” was Thomas Jefferson’s final home and his own creation. He constantly examined and redesigned the home, adding personal touches such as an octagonal dome and vast library. The home served as the centerpiece for his large plantation.
- About 300 miles west of Philadelphia is Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous example of organic architecture, Falling Water. While this home is certainly well known and well documented, seeing the home in person has unspeakable impact. The interlocking, cantilevered concrete terraces arranged so that a waterfall runs through it, hearing rushing water in the middle of a living room, and connecting with the thoughtful architecture of Wright’s 1935 masterpiece is most definitely worth the trip.
- Philip Johnson’s Glass House, located in New Canaan, CT, is best understood as a pavilion for viewing the surrounding landscape. The house, standing 55 feet long and 33 feet wide. is entirely invisible from the road. Johnson’s Glass House is iconic because if it’s innovative use of materials and seamless integration into the landscape. Philip Johnson lived in the house from 1949 until his death in 2005. The home has become a model copied across the world.
- Luckily, our next location is located in an iconic summer destination, Newport, Rhode Island. The Breakers was the summer “cottage” Cornelius Vanderbilt II. This “cottage” is a 70-room Italian Renaissance style palazzo that stands as one for the grandest Newport Estates. home designed by Richard Morris Hunt feature imported marble, rare wood, a massive central hall and a series of open-air terraces with take your breath away ocean views.
- If Boston, MA is on your summer travel list, be sure to stop by Trinity Church, located in the iconic Copley Square. The church has a dramatic impact, with 90 million pounds of stone used throughout construction. The open interior with murals and stained glass windows are showstoppers.