Daniel Chester French Home and Studio (Chesterwood)
|Nearest city||Stockbridge, Massachusetts|
Daniel Chester French
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, other|
|NRHP Reference #||66000652|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHLD||December 21, 1965|
Chesterwood was the summer estate and studio of American sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1896 French purchased the former Marshall Warner farm. Each year, during the month of May, he left his permanent home and studio in New York for six months and moved with his family to Chesterwood, where he worked on over 200 public and private commissions.
The estate covers 122 acres (0.5 km2) of forest and field in the Taconic Mountains. Chesterwood is also located within the heart of the cultural region of the Berkshires. French's summer home includes a garden dating from the 1920s. His studio and barn contain sculptural studies for a number of his works, most notably:
- The Minute Man (1875), Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts
- The Continents (1906), United States Customs House, New York City
- Samuel F. Dupont Memorial (1921), the fountain at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.
- Abraham Lincoln (1922) in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Road in the Glendale neighborhood of Stockbridge. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and is now a house museum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, open for tours from late May through mid-October.
- Ventfort Hall
- The Mount (Lenox, Massachusetts)
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
- List of National Historic Landmarks in Massachusetts
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "French, Daniel Chester, Home and Studio (Chesterwood)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Polly M. Rettig and S. S. Bradford (1974-12-11). PDF (32 KB). National Park Service and PDF (32 KB)
- Chesterwood: The Workshop of an American Sculptor, a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan