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Photos of Rabbitwild . Courtesy of Wicks’ Great granddaughter Elizabeth Hopkins Wittemann
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.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
“… It may be truthfully said that Mr. Robert Langdon is an architect with a national reputation. If he is without genius, he possesses talent of a very high order. he has not only planned beautiful residences in his native city, his services have been in demand in other cities. Some of the most charming villas on the Hudson were builded after his plans. What distinguishes his work from the more popular style of architecture, is simplicity and adaptability ….
elegant or beautiful, the home should be homelike and inviting; a joyous, happy place, reflecting the family’s cultivation and tempered taste …”