East Coast Shoot, Day 2: protected from the elements

June 20, 2009

Olmsted believed that every house should have a room, full of windows, partially separated from the house’s main foundation, that would allow people to sit and enjoy the beauty of outside scenery, but with the protection of walls and a roof.  There is a room like this in Fairsted, his estate in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Conveniently, there was also a room like this in the Philadelphia home of Witold Rybczynski, author of the acclaimed Olmsted biography, A Clearing in the Distance, and today’s main interview.  The rain made an outside interview impossible (a shame, considering the author’s Olmstedian backyard), and so we chose what we’re sure Olmsted would have considered the second best location.

Protected from the elements.  Some of us were, at least.

Protected from the elements. Some of us were, at least.

More photos from the shoot to follow.

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