Naumkeag (1885)

Naumkeag (named after the original name of Salem, Massachusetts) is a shingle-style house built in 1885 in Stockbridge. It was designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White for Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917), a prominent New York City attorney who served as American ambassador to the Court of St James’s from 1899 to 1905. Naumkeag was next owned by his daughter, Mabel Choate, who worked with noted landscape designer Fletcher Steele to design the estate’s landscaped grounds. She bequeathed the property in its entirety to the Trustees of Reservations and it is open to the public.

Front elevation of the house. The image at the start of this post is the rear of the house facing the gardens.

This water trickles down towards the garden’s famous Blue Steps.

The Blue Steps.

Afternoon Garden

Evergreen Garden

Chinese Garden

Rose Garden

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2 Responses to Naumkeag (1885)

  1. Lana Clow says:

    beautiful architecture and gardens!

  2. jenni devlin says:

    Yes, Love it!