(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Authors Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Richard S. Jackson, Jr. will be at The Bookloft on Saturday, June 11, from 10 until noon, signing copies of the new edition of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870 – 1930, published by Acanthus Press LLC.
This revised edition of the award-winning volume Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 (2006), chronicles the distinctive social and literary colonies of Lenox and Stockbridge, Mass. Illustrated with over 300 photographs and floor plans, the book surveys 37 of the great “cottages,” including Naumkeag, Wheatleigh, Tanglewood, Blantyre, and The Mount. Revised and expanded to reflect new research, this edition has two additional chapters and almost two dozen new photographs.
“There are not many places in America that combine architecture, ambition and nature in such abundance, but I cannot think of a combination of riches that is more American.” writes Samuel G. White, a great-grandson of Stanford White, in his forward to the book.
Cornelia Brooke Gilder spent most of her childhood in Lenox, in the house her grandparents bought in 1906. A graduate of Vassar College, she has worked for the New York State Historic Preservation Office in Albany and has contributed to a number of exhibitions and publications, most recently Hawthorne’s Lenox (2008) and Architects in Albany (2010). She lives in Tyringham, Mass., with her husband, George Gilder.
Richard S. Jackson, Jr. moved to the Berkshires in 1962. As past chairman of the Lenox Historical Commission and the Tanglewood Council, member of the Naumkeag committee, and trustee of Hancock Shaker Village, he has worked to preserve several of the houses mentioned in this book. He lives in Stockbridge with his wife, Linda.
The Bookloft is located in the Barrington Plaza on Route 7 in Great Barrington. Call 413.528.1521 for more information.