The National Academy reopens with six exhibitions designed to reclaim its pivotal role in American art and architecture.
Called the last of the Georgians by the architect Robert A. M. Stern, Mott B. Schmidt dared to be unfashionable, stubbornly designing traditional houses for town and country long after they were in favor.* Schmidt's houses in the American Georgian manner usually relied on a restrained combination of red brick, dark shutters, and white
Like Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan, who decreed the building of a stately pleasure dome on "twice five miles of fertile ground/With walls and towers...
"I was a good student up through 6th grade but then my priorities became play, friends, and girls. Mother kept a beautiful home. Dad was prosperous in carving out his career which interested me not at all."