One of the most impressive web sites dedicated to classical architecture is GrandTradition. What makes this remarkably deep site all the more impressive is that it is the work of one person, Greg Shue. Greg is an ICA&CA Fellow and an associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. I am especially fond of the "Image Gallery" section of his site. There are so many good photos (and more all the time) that you can lose an afternoon browsing through them.
Recently the Stern firm made a group study trip to the Berkshires, where the associates and partners visited Edith Wharton's Mount and also Chesterwood, the studio/estate of the sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Stern firm makes such trips as a matter of course, rather as McKim, Mead & White did. Greg Shue took a bunch of pictures that he then posted to GrandTradition. Here is Chesterwood:
In a posting to an architectural Listserv, Stern partner Gary Brewer wrote of the study trip:
Chesterwood, the artist Daniel Chester French's house and studio, was a highlight. As a sculptor contemporary with St. Gaudens and Stanford White he deserves more exposure. The entire contents of the house have been preserved and it is really a picture into the period and the life of an artist. It reminded that designing a house is actually a lifetime endeavor that goes beyond the act of an architect putting pencil to paper.
French's works, indeed, adorn America.
(A bit of trivia is that Edith Minturn Stokes, the beautiful wife of the architect and historian Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, was French's model for Republic.)
And here is the man himself: