By Lesley Ann Beck
Berkshire-based writer Gladys Montgomery has authored two new books about architecture, which are being published this year: Storybook Cottages: America’s Carpenter Gothic Style (Rizzoli) and An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935 (Acanthus Press, in collaboration with The Adirondack Museum).
Weaving together contemporary color photography, illustrations from historic pattern books, and photographs, drawings and floor plans from the Historic American Buildings Survey, Storybook Cottages tells the story of America’s Gothic Revival and the houses trimmed with decorative “gingerbread” scrollwork, a style that we now call Carpenter Gothic.
An Elegant Wilderness, a stunningly beautiful coffee-table volume, is the first book to combine architectural, social, cultural, and environmental history with biography and brilliant black-and-white archival photographs to evoke the life of the wealthy urban elite who summered in the Adirondacks during the Gilded Age.
Montgomery, a resident of West Stockbridge, will be speaking and signing books in the area. These events include the West Stockbridge Public Library on June 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.; at the Kinderhook Group office at 10 Elm St., Stockbridge, on July 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.; and at Ventfort Hall in Lenox on August 17 at 4 p.m.