Frederic Remington House

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Frederic Remington House
Frederick Remington House, Ridgefield (Fairfield County, Connecticut).jpg
Frederick Remington House
Frederic Remington House is located in Connecticut
Frederic Remington House
Location 36 Oak Knoll Road, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°17′5″N 73°31′0″W / 41.28472°N 73.51667°W / 41.28472; -73.51667Coordinates: 41°17′5″N 73°31′0″W / 41.28472°N 73.51667°W / 41.28472; -73.51667
Area 45 acres (18 ha)
Built 1909
Architect Frederic Remington
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 66000880
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]

The Frederic Remington House is a historic house at 36 Oak Knoll Road in Ridgefield, Connecticut. A National Historic Landmark, it was the home of the painter and sculptor Frederic Remington (1861-1909) in the last few months of his life. Remington and his wife designed the two-story gambrel-roofed, fieldstone-and-shingle house.[2] He produced some of his finest work in the house including the sculpture "The Stampede" and the painting "The Love Call".[3] The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2]

Description and history[edit]

Frederic Remington (1861-1909) lived for many years in New Rochelle, New York, working as an illustrator, sculptor, and writer. He produced iconic works of American art, particularly noted for their themes of the American West. His corpus of work includes more than 2,700 artworks, many of which were published in magazines and newspapers, and 142 books, including eight he wrote. In early 1909 he and his wife Missy purchased 45 acres (18 ha) of land in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and oversaw the construction of a home and studio. During the construction, Remington continued to work, creating a number of significant works. Although he had major plans for life in Ridgefield, he died of acute appendicitis a few months after the house was completed.[3]

The main house is a 2-1/2 story gambrel-roofed wood frame structure with a stone facade, and clapboarded sides and back. The front has three large shed-roof dormers, and has bands of three sash windows flanking its main entrance, which is sheltered by a columned portico. The house has a central hall plan, with Remington's studio in the rear left of the structure. It is a high-ceilinged room with large windows onto the backyard, and has a large fieldstone chimney. During Remington's life the room was cluttered with artifacts of the American West.[3]

In addition to the main house, the property includes a cluster of outbuildings, which were also designed and built by the Remingtons. They include a cow barn, chicken coop, and shed, as well as a caretaker's cottage and a carriage house that has been adapted for residential use.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Frederick Remington House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d Blanche Higgins Schroer (1974-12-09). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Frederic Remington House" (PDF). (Accompanying 5 photos, exterior and interior, from 1974, 1963, and undated). National Park Service. 

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