COUNTRY HOUSE CONFERENCE 2018
The American Country House Foundation is proud to present in partnership with The Planting Fields Foundation, "Bold and British", an exploration of the British country house. The conference will take place November 3rd from 9 AM to approx. 5:00 PM at Coe Hall, located within the beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. Coe Hall is the center of a four hundred acres estate on Long Island's 'Gold Coast', a treasure trove of country houses catering to the Anglophile in many Americans. The house was completed in 1921 to Tudor Revival designs by architecture firm Walker & Gillette. The estate surveyed as home to the family of William Robertson Coe, a railroad and insurance executive born at Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England in 1869. The estate remained home to the Coe family until 1949 when it became a state park. The Coe family remains active within The Planting Fields Foundation, a non-profit foundation set up to help preserve Coe Hall.
Ed Kluz "The Lost House Revisited" - https://www.edkluz.co.uk
Ed Kluz is a British artist whose work explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the re-imagining of historic buildings and landscapes. Kluz will present a selection of country houses from his recent book "The Lost House Revisited". The Lost House Revisited explores the stories of many of Britains most iconic and extravagant country houses through Kluz's atmospheric artwork. Kluz's artwork provides a unique perspective at the architectural and landscape designs imagined by some of the boldest artisans and aristocrats of the past and also exudes a spirit and sensibility distinct to the British built environment.
Carol Wallace "To Marry An English Lord" - http://www.carolwallacebooks.com/book-group/
Carol Wallace is a New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of "To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery". First published in 1989, To Marry An English Lord chronicles the American heiresses who crossed the pond in an approximately forty year "cash for class" period. This wave of American money helped to bolster many of Britain's greatest country estates. The book has often been cited as an inspiration for Downton Abbey and has seen a resurgence in popularity as many take a closer look at this unique period in country house history.
John, Earl of Dumfries "Mount Stuart" - https://www.mountstuart.com
John, Earl of Dumfries, will be discussing the role of a "next-gen" heir to a British country estate. John is the son of the 7th Marquess of Bute, commonly known as Johnny Bute. The Bute family have been in possession of their estate since 1157 when granted the office "Steward of Bute". The previous Georgian country house on the estate burned in 1877 and was replaced by the current extravagant mansion design by Robert Rowand Anderson and the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The Bute family are also historically associated with Cardiff Castle, Dumfries House, Bute House and Rothesay Castle.
Michael Diaz-Griffith "Lutyens and The Last Country Houses"
Michael Diaz-Griffith is the Associate Executive Director of The Winter Show. Diaz-Griffith will discuss the work of famed British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944). Lutyens, best known for the garden bench bearing his name, is one of the the most celebrated British architects of the twentieth century, with works spanning the globe including the design for the new British capital of New Delhi. One of his greatest impacts on the cannon of British architecture and modern culture was through his designs for country houses. Diaz-Griffith will discuss Lutyens's country houses in the context of rapidly changing times, from the Victorian Age to the 1930s, exploring the social forces and aesthetic decisions that shaped the last grand residences of the pre-war era.
Henry Joyce "Coe Hall" - https://plantingfields.org
Henry Joyce, the current Executive Director of the Planting Fields Foundation will provide an overview of Coe Hall, and the Coe family. Coe Hall is emblematic of a growing Anglophile trend among America's upper class in the first part of the 20th century. Coe Hall is typical of many 'manor houses' built by affluent industrial families who sought to evoke a sense of aristocracy among themselves so closes associated with Britain in the American imagination.