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Larz and Isabel Anderson Paperback – April 4, 2016
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Bringing here characters to life is a wonderful story and a good read, besides. Lars was a figure of his age and Moskey brings that age to life with color and flair.
I very much enjoyed the mix of interesting stories and academic detail. Moskey has done a very nice job of gathering together the story of this wealthy couple from a previous age, that has been disappearing over time. I guess a moral to their story is if you are going to leave no great works and no children then be prepared for the memory to fade. They were somewhat like a US version of Downton Abbey where they spent their time managing their estates, travelling and dallying with the real world when it met with their convenience.
I was most interested in reading about some of their interconnections with other famous people from the turn of the previous century.
I have visited "Weld" - the Larz Anderson Transportation Museum - a number of times as part of a motorcycle gathering on the premises. As an architectural historian and garden lover, I was fascinated by the grounds and the Wheelwright carriage house and automobile buildings, stunning examples of his style. The garden's remains were sad to see, however.
The book is badly lacking illustrations of the garden, especially since it spends so much time describing them. This could have been remedied easily from the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution ( lovely photos in color and b/w of "Weld"). Also, the Larz Anderson Transportation Museum owns an extensive photo archive of the gardens. One must therefore purchase the Arcadia Images Of America "Larz Anderson Park" in order to satisfy any interest in what the garden looked like during its prime. There are also images of their vehicles in that volume. If the reader is interested in the gardens, they may access the Archives of American Gardens on the Smithsonian's website and buy or borrow the Larz Anderson Park book to balance the lack of appropriate illustrations in the Moskey book.
detailed look at the life and times of the Andersons. A most enjoyable
read, and a must for the present occupants of their former home in
Washington, DC, which Isabel gave to the Society of the Cincinnati.