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Making Art in the Summer: Charles A.Platt’s Houses and Gardens for the Cornish Art Colony

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport, MA, 01950 United States (map)

As a prelude to the 37th Annual Garden Tour, join landscape and architectural historian Keith Morgan to learn about the celebrated and visionary landscape designers of the Cornish Art Colony in Cornish, NH.  

The Cornish Art Colony began in the late 19th century under the influence of renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  The area's bucolic setting and artists' camaraderie attracted painters, sculptors, designers, and writers to spend their summers working and socializing in and around Cornish.  Morgan's talk will highlight prominent landscape designers of the this art colony, including Charles Platt and Ellen Biddle Shipman.  

A scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century American and European architecture, Morgan is interested in the relationships between architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture, and he has taught at Boston University since 1980. He has served as the director of the Preservation Studies Program and of the American and New England Studies Program and as the chairman of the Art History Department on two occasions. He is a former national president of the Society of Architectural Historians. His recent publications include Shaping a New American Landscape: The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt, Boston Architecture, 1975-1990, which he coauthored with Professor Naomi Miller, and a new introduction for the republication of Charles Eliot, Landscape Architect.  With Elizabeth Hope Cushing and Roger Reed, he has recently published Community by Design:  the Olmsted Office and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts, 1880-1936, which was awarded the Ruth Emery Prize of the Victorian Society in America in 2014.

Reception at 6:30pm   Program at 7:00pm
Members: $5    Non-Members: $15
Please RSVP to or 978-462-2681

Earlier Event: April 14
Essex County and the China Trade
Later Event: June 5
Garden Party