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Decorating For Christmas: A Gorgeously Decorated Historic Home Is Ready For The Holidays

Everyone here at GHID wishes you a Merry Christmas! We're all hoping for tons of snow, but since that is highly unlikely here in Portland, we'll settle for a fun and gorgeous tour through a historic home in Rhinebeck, New York. The Christmas decorations are to die for and the old architectural details leave me wanting more.

I am very inspired by the photographer, Rikki Snyder and after bumping into a holiday tour of Wilderstein, I knew I had to share this historic gem with all of you.

A Brief History Of Wilderstein In New York

The history of Wilderstein begins in 1852 with Thomas Holy Suckley’s purchase of the river front site, then a sheep meadow of the adjacent late 18th-century estate, Wildercliff. Thomas Suckley and his wife Catherine Murray Bowne wanted a building site endowed with striking natural features in the best traditions of the picturesque aesthetic. The landscape setting for Wilderstein fulfilled this criteria by virtue of its varied terrain and the scenic views it afforded of the river and distant mountains – the vistas framed by tall cedars and evergreens. Suckley named the property “Wilderstein” (wild man’s stone) in reference to a nearby Indian petroglyph, an allusive reminder of a cultural heritage that preceded European settlements in the region.

The original Italianate villa designed by John Warren Ritch was remodeled and enlarged in 1888 by Thomas’s son Robert Bowne Suckley and his wife, Elizabeth Philips Montgomery. Poughkeepsie architect Arnout Cannon was hired to transform the two story villa into an elaborate Queen Anne style country house. The structure now soared upward with the addition of a third floor, multi-gabled attic and a dramatic five story circular tower with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. The fanciful, asymmetrical skyline of the house was enhanced by the addition of an imposing porte-cochere and an expansive verandah.

The fashionably appointed interiors were designed by the New York City decorator, Joseph Burr Tiffany. With the ground floor rooms executed in contrasting historic revival and aesthetic movement styles, the interiors at Wilderstein offer a splendid microcosm of the decorative arts during this period of American design. The self-conscious opulence of the newly remodeled Wilderstein was complimented by the Picturesque Landscape design of Calvert Vaux who laid out the grounds at Wilderstein according to the principles of American Romantic Landscape style.

Read more here!

Photos Of A Gorgeously Decorated Home For The Holidays



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