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Mount, The (Edith Wharton Estate

Lenox, Massachusetts
County of Berkshire.
South of Lenox on U.S. 7
National Register Number: 71000900
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2002.
Congressional District: MA-1 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: House Museum; www/edithwharton.org/index.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 11, 1971):
This early 20th century residence was the home of Edith Wharton, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Here, she wrote her first best-selling novel, The House of Mirth. The building was designed by Wharton herself and embodies the design principles that she laid down in her book, The Decoration of Houses, co-authored with Ogden Codman, Jr.

In 1999 The Mount received $2,865,000 from the Save America's Treasures matching grant program, as well as funding from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund. This money was used to repair/restore the mansion's cupola, pitched slate roof, cornice, ten chimneys, windows, exterior doors and shutters, and the terrace. Currently, work is focussing on the installation of new mechanical systems (plumbing, heating/cooling, wiring, sprinkling, and security). Work is also underway on the restoration of Wharton's celebrated gardens, including preliminary archaeological investigation.


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