Small Camps . Elegant Simplicity . Wicks & the Rabbit Wild Story

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Illustrations from Wicks book – Rabbitwild – the Wicks Cottage at the Adirondack League Club on Honnedaga Lake

Here is an excerpt I especially like …

” … What distinguishes his work from the more popular style of architecture, is simplicity and adaptability. For what purpose is the building to be used? The reply to this question determined, largely, the plan of the structure. For a home, he did not sketch a palace. the term “palatial” he did not admit into his vocabulary, when describing the family residence…..

…. it is quite necessary that I should add, for the furtherance of my story, that Mr. Langdon had inherited a tract of wilderness in the Adirondacks, marked off by notching of trees. The recent construction of a railroad into that region turned his attention anew to a dream of his youth, of owning a log cabin in the woods. The new road run within a few miles of his property, which could be reached by a moderate carry, or by boating to the foot of Jock’s Lake, the southern boundary line of his possession.

The question of constructing such a summer house had been up for discussion in the family circle on several occasions; but no definite conclusion had been reached. Mr. Langdon had made up his mind to build, but, busy over a hundred other things, he had not stolen time to perfect a plan…”

This is part of the storyline of Wicks in his own hand … understated style blended into the terrain of majesty.

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“Rabbitwild” reveals words and illustrations by Wicks which are virtually unknown. With that insight, I find an excerpt from “Adirondack Camps – Homes Away from Home 1850 -1950″, by Craig A Gilborn especially interesting:

” … Augustus D Shepard designed about 20 camps at the Adirondack League Club and altered or made editions to perhaps forty other camps or buildings, several times the number of projects credited to William S. Wicks by Comstock and Haynes early members of the club, the two architects certainly knew each other although they did not colaborate.

Their camps were on separate lakes not in easy communication with one another. Wick’s Rabbit Wild, a camp on Honnedaga Lake and built in 1892, was the nearest of the clubs three inhabited lakes to his Barneveld home.

Wicks belonged to an earlier generation of sportsmen whose experiences in the woods affected their notion of what a decorous cottage in the woods should look like – rustic and partially log and not too large…”

How I miss the sensibilities of the “earlier generation” ….

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