June 26, 2014

Welcome to our rent-a-mansion...


A sneak peak of our home away from home for July 5, 2014...


"Peaking into the Past"
Cairnwood Estate
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Appropos that my Art History major of a Thing #2 should choose to step into the past, as she enters her future with Thing #2.1.





"Cairnwood Estate"
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania


It was love at first sight.  Probably a bit quicker for Cairnwood Estate than it took for Thing #2.1 to win her over.








A Cliff Notes version of Cairnwood.  Constructed from 1892-1895 and designed by Thomas Hastings of the architectural firm Carrere and Hastings (in their spare time they designed a little thang called the New York Public Library).  Hastings was known as a designer of country houses for the "captains of industry" during America's "Gilded Age".  This one was a little unassuming home to the Pitcairn fam....one of those captains of industry.








Cairnwood Estate is part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, along with Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum.  Cairnwood was gifted in 1980, and remained empty for more than a decade before the building began it's restoration in 1994.



"Bryn Athyn Cathedral"
View from Cairnwood's Terrace






Today, it is designated as a National Historic Landmark.  And it's all OURS on July 5th.  Along with our rent-a-butlers-maids-chauffeurs-chefs-florists-musicians-photographers.  I wonder if I can rent-a-weatherman to insure sunny skies and nice temps?  I have the next best thing...a florist who guarantees it with $5 riding on the outcome.  Doesn't really matter...it's all gonna be gilded and golden regardless of the sun's RSVP.  

Our little home away from home...for 12 gilded hours.






Here's where I "link up" today.

(Song-ography is on vacay til August 5th)

22 comments:

  1. Magnificent...I'm always so grateful they've preserved this beautiful old estates. What a great choice for your special day!

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  2. Can I move in? Gorgeous. What a place to get married!

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  3. What an absolutely beautiful place for a very special day!!

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  4. Wow, Kathy! The images from the day are going to be amazing! I can't wait. Oh and I love the title Thing 2.1! Perfect.

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  5. What a treat! It sounds wonderful; enjoy every minute! My favorite photo is the fountain with the drops. Very cool.

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  6. what a truly amazing location. I can not wait to see your images from the big day and I love that you went with the title Thing 2.1

    Mollyxxx

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  7. Mind-blowing to imagine spending a day in such surroundings! Have a great time!

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  8. It is going to be absolutely GORGEOUS!! I need to get over there to photograph, I keep meaning to. Don't worry I won't show up on July 5th!! We got married at Glen Foerd which was pretty cool too.

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  9. Looks like an amazing place for this special event!

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  10. The lights and candles struck a chord with me. Very nice.

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  11. Lovely little country place. :)

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  12. Wow what a venue, have a great time, love the fountain shot.

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  13. Totally cool! What a great way to create some bitchin' memories! ENJOY EVERY LITTLE BIT OF IT!!! Aloha

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  14. Breathtaking! I hope your day is fantastic no matter what the weather. Love the ornate architecture of the staircase.

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  15. What an amazing, beautiful place! Hope you get the sunny weather you hope for.

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  16. Wow, gorgeous. I love your photograph of the fountain. You captured the water just perfectly!

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  17. Oh wow, I can't wait to see the wedding photos. What a magical place and your photos are stunning. Take a few moments this week to breath!

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  18. Wow! It is gorgeous. Can't wait to see photos! Wishing you a perfect sunshine day! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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