Chapel Hill News: October 25, 2013
This is a uniquely personal account of one man’s adventure in acquiring and bringing back to life some of America’s most enticing and historically-significant dwellings. This book, filled with color photography, serves as a beautiful reminder of the foresight, vision and dedication of one of the country’s most ardent collectors and a challenge to all who care about America’s architectural and artistic heritage.
Ayr Mount, a handsome Federal style country house, is located on the outskirts of historic Hillsorough, North Carolina. The residence stands today as a monument to the ambitions of William Kirkland (1768-1836), a Scottish merchant who came to Piedmonth North Carolina late in the eighteenth century. The Kirklands of Ayr Mount chronicles the rise and fall of Kirkland’s fortunes and his descendants’ efforts to retain the family mansion for 150 years after Kirkland’s death. The book also provides a detailed picture of the small but historically important town of Hillsborough.
Carolinian on the Hudson is the family history of Robert Donaldson, described by one historian as “a distinguished taste maker who played a seminal role in mid-nineteenth century American architecture and landscape design.” Donaldson’s illustrious friends Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing repeatedly acknowledged his influence on their own careers. Yet remarkably little has been known or written about him. This book fills that void, demonstrating that an absorbing biography lies behind his name.