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French, Daniel Chester, Home and Studio (Chesterwood)

Stockbridge, Massachusetts
County of Berkshire.
2 miles west of Stockbridge
National Register Number: 66000652
Resource type: District.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 21, 1965):
Chesterwood was the country home from 1896 to 1931 of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, and the colossal seated figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The 122-acre "Country Place" estate includes the Studio (1898) and Residence (1901) designed by French’s friend and Lincoln Memorial collaborator, Henry Bacon. "The best dry view" French had ever seen is still intact from the Studio piazza and Residence terrace to Monument Mountain and Mt. Everett, 17 miles distant.

A successful capital campaign including a $120,000 Save America’s Treasures grant has restored wallpaper and two porches of the Residence. Restoration of the kitchen porch and service yard wall will commence this year. Deferred maintenance totals $1.5 million.

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