Historic preservation planner and principal in Wise Preservation Planning, Robert Wise will present NC Wyeth’s House & Studio, Andrew Wyeth’s Studio and the Kuerner Farm, three properties that had a great influence on the life and work of these two most prominent members of the Wyeth family. Wise has worked extensively with the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art over the past 15 years to achieve the highest recognition by the US government for these properties as National Historic Landmarks (NHL). NC Wyeth’s House & Studio was listed as an NHL in 1997; the Kuerner Farm, where son Andrew Wyeth created the Helga series of works (among others) was listed in 2011. Andrew Wyeth’s Studio, a former oneroom schoolhouse, may actually be an officially recommended listing on the date of this lecture!
Wise will present the exact presentations that he made to the NHL Advisory Committee of the National Park Service in Washington DC. Though either built or made famous by the Wyeths, each property, located in Chadds Ford, is unique. NC built his house and studio in the early 1900’s; when he tragically died in 1945 (hit by a train at the Kuerner Farm) his family documented the studio such that it is interpreted with his many props and unfinished art, just as he left them. The Kuerner Farm, with its immense barn, early 19th century house and fields, captured the imagination of Andrew Wyeth from an early age; he painted there nearly his entire life. First purchased by his father NC, Andrew Wyeth’s studio next door served as his home and then just his studio for nearly 70 years; nearly a third of his works were produced or finished there.
We welcome you to come learn about these wonderful places (then go see them for yourself). Come learn about the personalities behind the buildings, the people and events that help make them Landmarks, and of course, the stories behind the paintings that originated there. Finally, learn how the Brandywine Conservancy has painstakingly preserved and interpreted them.