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In His Own Words: Designing Sagamore Hill

Jan 09, 2014

In 1915, a magazine named Country Life in America featured Sagamore Hill in one of its issues. In this passage, taken from a letter to the magazine's editor, Henry H. Saylor, Theodore Roosevelt described his part in the design of his home.

“The house was built thirty four years ago; my means were strictly limited, and I didn’t know enough to be sure what I wished in outside matters. But I had perfectly definite views what I wished in inside matters, what I desired to live in and with. I arranged all this, so as to get what I desired in so far as my money permitted; and then Rich (the architect) put on the outside cover with but little help from me. I wished a big piazza, very broad at the N.W. corner where we could sit in rocking chairs and look at the sunset; a library with a shallow bay window opening south; the parlor a drawing room occupying all the western end of the lower floor; as broad a hall as our space would permit; big fireplaces for logs; on the top floor the gun room occupying the western end so that north and west it looks over the sound and bay. I had to live inside and not outside the house; and while I should have liked to ‘express’ myself in both, as I had to choose I chose the former.”

Sagamore Hill in winter 

Sagamore Hill in winter. From the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic site collection.

Posted by Grant Carlson on Jan 09, 2014 in History  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)  |  Share this post

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