Visitor Information4 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262
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During his long career, Daniel Chester French created hundreds of works of art. Some of his public sculpture, like The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts and the statue for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., are among the nation’s most treasured icons.
By 1896, French was so successful that in addition to a large studio in New York City, he was able to purchase a country place and establish a second studio in the Berkshires. Chesterwood’s location in Stockbridge, Mass. between Boston and New York allowed the sculptor to maintain contacts in both cities.
While French was initially attracted by the beauty of the Housatonic River Valley, the view of Monument Mountain in particular became a primary focus for the layout and design of Chesterwood. In 1900, the French family moved into a new house designed by the architect Henry Bacon. Bacon’s stucco “villa” was both modern and eclectic, with elements of old New England and Italy. Bacon also designed the spectacular studio.
A talented landscape designer, French transformed the agrarian landscape to suit his social, professional, and utilitarian purposes, installing plantings, garden walks, and a tennis court. French and his family lived in Stockbridge from May through October for more than three decades.
Chesterwood is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.