|Martin Van Buren's Lindenwald, Kinderhook, NY|
The strategy didn’t work; Van Buren’s sons sold the property within a couple of years of his death in 1862. But the 1849 renovation, by fashionable architect Richard Upjohn, is revealing about some of the visions of country living and farming that were circulating at the time. Upjohn was particularly known for his work in the Italianate style, which had emerged among elite landowners in England a few decades earlier and which reflected the widespread Anglo-American association of Italy with gracious, patrician, cultivated (yet passionate and earthy) living.
|Johns Hopkins' Clifton Park, now within a city golf course|
|The barn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont|
Next week: A more recent Italian-American patron of agriculture remakes a Vermont dairy farm for the postindustrial economy.