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Wharton Esherick Tour: The Craftsman as Architect

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When a great craftsman designs a building for his own use you can be sure of an imaginative and highly personal design. Picture a kitchen with black walls and pale wood counters, a high deck for socializing set under a curved stucco wall the color of autumn woods, a live-work space with a captain’s bed tucked into an alcove.

I think any bedroom with a view should have a view that can be seen from the bed. Esherick’s view could be enjoyed lying down. He looked out through double-paned windows at hills, trees and sky. It’s the perfect set-up for an insomniac: a view, a good reading lamp and a supply of books and sketchpads at arm’s length.

Esherick’s Pennsylvania studio was designed for his own pleasure and comfort, not for show. Which is why it is such a pleasure to visit. Come along.

Sunday, August 9, All-day Bus & Walking Tour
Two Craftsman Studio Tours: George Nakashima & Wharton Esherick
Justin Ferate, architectural historian & tour leader. $150 MAS members, $170 non-members.
Fee includes bus, admissions, guided tours, gratuities and buffet luncheon. Pay online or call 212 935 2075.