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Summer 2000

Restoring a Giardino Segreto
In 1899, fifty-seven-year-old Sarah Codman undertook what was to become her most ambitious gardening project. For two years she worked with her children to create a garden in the Italian style, a landscape feature popular with wealthy Americans in the late nineteenth century.
Romancing the Past
Over a century ago Mrs. George Tyson of Boston and her stepdaughter Elise purchased a desolate but majestic hundred-year-old house located on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River in South Berwick, Maine. Despite the fact that Mrs. Tyson had seen the house only once, in the dead of winter, when it stood empty, surrounded by three feet of snow, the house seems to have exerted a magnetic appeal.
How to Read Your Old House
Knowing when your house was built is only part of the story, and often not the most interesting part. You can learn more by reading the architecture just as you read the printed word. Design has style, structure, and a grammar of ornament.
Q and A
Answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions.
Making Japanese Butterflies
Paint, brush, and paper are the only materials needed for making Japanese butterflies! This activity is as fun today as it was in the1880s, when japonisme--a craze for everything Japanese--was fashionable in the U.S., France, and England.
An Accomplished Collection
During the eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth centuries, a proper young woman's education would not have been complete without instruction in needlework.
Classics in a Historic Setting
SPNEA's Lyman Estate, The Vale, in Waltham, Massachusetts, provides a beautiful historic setting for weddings, corporate meetings, social events, and film and photo shoots. With over 10,000 visitors a year, it is one of SPNEA's most familiar properties.
News New England and Beyond
Short news items from Historic New England Magazine.
Spotlight on a Changing Lifestyle
The dinette set is a twentieth-century form that evolved in the 1920s from the breakfast nook with built-in seating favored at the turn of the century by architects working in the Prairie Style. A trend towards domestic simplicity in an increasing number of servantless households during the Depression created a need for small-scale, informal dining furnishings.
Summer 2000