“We want an architect who knows his job and us and life and the hereafter. God help us! We want me”, wrote Rockwell Kent of his pursuit of the perfect architect to design his home in the Adirondacks.
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) is widely known as an American artist as well as a social activist. Less well known is that Kent was trained as an architect and, while living at his home at Asgaard Farm near AuSable Forks, he designed and remodeled several buildings in the area.
This tour will begin at the Kent Gallery at SUNY Plattsburgh where we’ll learn about his work as an artist, illustrator and author. We’ll then travel to AuSable Forks to see some of his architectural work, including Asgaard Farm, now an active goat farm and dairy, and the Cowdin House.
The tour will be led by Anne Mackinnon, author of “A Home to Live and Breathe: The Adirondack Architecture of Rockwell Kent,” which appeared in Adirondack Life.
“And there, westward and heavenward, to the high ridge of Whiteface, northward to the northern limit of the mountains, southward to their highest peaks, was spread the full half-circle panorama of the Adirondacks. It was as if we had never seen the mountains before.”
-This Is My Own, Rockwell Kent
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.
FEE: $40 for members and $50 for non-members.
More information on Rockwell Kent as an architect: “Rockwell Kent: Artist, Dairyman…and Architect?!