Charles Barton Keen (1868-19310), of Philadelphia, was commissioned to site and design the main house, farm buildings, church and other dependencies on the assemblage of farms that Kate's husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds purchased for her, in her name--remarkable in 1917.
Charles Barton Keen's signature use of white stucco and green Ludowici roof tiles, makes his craftsman style easy to spot throughout North Carolina. The craftsman bungalow aesthetic is marked by: emphasis on natural materials, numerous windows and doors to exterior porches or verandas, a substantial roof overhang supported by columns.
Biltmore, and many of the other estates in the American Country House Movement, Reynolda was designed to be self sufficient. Kate Reynolds was extremely detail oriented and handled every aspect of this complicated agrarian, social and personal project. John Wanamaker, of Philadelphia provided the furnishings.
All Through the House is my friends' fabulous shop. Agnes has superb taste and it is full of her eclectic treasures. If you are in Winston-Salem during market--stop in.
Thomas Sears (1880-1966), was recommended by Keen to do the gardens. Vigilance on the part of the Reynolds family has kept the gardens and greenhouses intact. I wander through the estate regularly, and the beauty keeps me sane. I'm sending you a slide show. I photograph it all year. Kate Reynolds dream and the family's preservation and persistence has brought visitors and students many a pastoral pause in our hectic lives.
. J. McLaughlin, in the background is a fabulous clothing line that is a go-to spot for smart-casual attire. Blogger friend, Patricia van Essche, of PVE has painted many of the J. McLaughlin shops. I contacted her when I started blogging, and she was very generous with ideas and tips. We love her loose energetic style. Jay likes to place his stores in historic districts and charming pedestrian villages. Here is our local store and a fun Montage Patricia did of the J. McLauglin shops.
I can recommend a few good books on the Reynolds family. Because of their great wealth, it is a complex and interesting story.