One of the homes on my list to visit this summer was Crow House- the home and studio of artist Henry Varnum Poor. During the first part of the twentieth century he was considered one of this country’s most important painters. Crow House became a place not only for him to work but for other artists, writers and assorted Hollywood actors to join him. When my husband and I tried to make reservations to view the house (an activity we both thoroughly enjoy), we were told that “…it was owned by the town and not open to the public.” For now I guess I’ll have to satisfy my curiosity with just pictures instead.
On a table in Poor’s studio are some of his pottery. The wall holds early sketches of Crow House design.
Much of the house Poor built from materials found on his own land- wood used for walls,
ceiling beams, and stone used for the living room fireplace. The house still has his furnishings so that it gives a feeling that he is still actively at his art.
I hope the town’s caretakers preserve it and someday open it to the public so that I can see it!
(Photos- American Craft Magazine, World of Interiors)