If you like Mid-Century Modern design, go to Field Farm in Williamstown, Massachusetts! The grounds and views are lovely and you can stay there, as the house is now a bed and breakfast. This post focuses on the guest house and its grounds; the next post will be about The Folly, a freestanding guest house on the same property. The Mid-Century vibe is everywhere!
As part of my receiving the Valerie Moran Grant, from the IFDA Educational Foundation, I visited the Guest House at Field Farm. A 20th century historic home, built by Lawrence and Eleanore Bloedel in the late 1940s, this main house was bequeathed to the Trustees of the Reservations on the death of Eleanore in the 1980s. The architect of the main house was Edwin Goodell. The Folly was designed in the 1960s by Ulrich Franzen. The Folly wasn't open during my initial visit, but I was able to tour it later. For more information on the history of the property and the houses, go to Field Farm History.
From the Trustees of the Reservations website; the description of Field Farm:
The Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown MA, offers an authentic mid-century-modern Bed & Breakfast. This architectural gem is a museum of modern furnishings, that will transport you back in time. Featuring an unparalleled view of Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, it is a refreshing change from your usual bed & breakfast. The house and landscape feature period artwork and thirteen sculptures in the surrounding gardens. Explore the property or visit The Folly, a three-bedroom, pinwheel-shaped shingled guest cottage, designed in 1965 by noted modernist architect Ulrich Franzen.
The Bloedels filled their home with lovely artwork and great mid-century furnishings; when you stay at the bed and breakfast, the guest rooms all have iconic furniture from that period, as well as the common areas - and the artwork is amazing!