Course Description

Examine the life and times of American heiress Marjorie Post, a 20th century business icon, and the spectacular Georgian-style mansion filled with historic art, and 18th-century French decorating style. Explore the historical formal gardens and outdoor rooms designed by Innocenti and Webel. Presite lecture is followed by a docent tour of her Washington home. $95 includes $48 fee. Note: Transportation included. Extensive walking required. Participants must be able to walk and stand for hours without assistance. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for outdoors. Bring a bag lunch or purchase on own.

Learner Outcomes

Describe the unique circumstances that led Marjorie Post to inherit a $20 million cereal company; Identify the influential figures that shaped the Hillwood art collections including Sir Joseph Duveen and Joseph Davies; Discuss the historical landscape architecture that complements the interior spaces and outdoor garden rooms designed by Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel; Name three names inscribed in the Four Season Overlook Garden and discuss Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for imperial Russian culture; Examine the classical symmetry and geometry of the four sections of the French Parterre garden room and the scroll patterns inspired by sixteenth-century ironwork.
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