Curtis Roosevelt at Adams House, Part I

For those of you who were unable to attend the 3rd Annual FDR Memorial Lecture and Gala Dinner, here’s part one of Curtis’ address. You’ll need a high speed connection to view this 30 minute clip.

Curtis Roosevelt Address – FDR Lecture 2010: Part I from Michael Weishan on Vimeo.

Pictures from the Third Annual FDR Memorial Lecture and Dinner

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The battle begins: two hours, and 250 chairs and tables to assemble, arranged through the good offices of the FDR Institutes Matthew Young and his band of volunteers.
The battle begins: two hours, and 250 chairs and 27 tables to move and assemble, labor provided through the good offices of the FDR Institute’s Matthew Young and his hale and hardy band of volunteers.
Brooms at the ready
Brooms at the ready
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Getting there. The spectacular floral creations of Teresa Kiritsy's Creative Themes arrive
Getting there. The spectacular floral creations of Teresa Kiritsy’s Creative Themes arrive

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The front row of eager lecture attendees, with Father George and Sean Palfrey at the far right
Just in time, the show begins: a dazzling array of well attired lecture attendees in the front row, with the Foundation’s Father George and Adams House co-master Sean Palfrey at the far right

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Curtis Roosevelt answering questions after his presentation
Curtis Roosevelt answering questions after his presentation

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Sharing a qick chat with Curtis after his talk.

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Guests in the Lower Common Room during the Reception
Guests feasting on the raw bar in the Lower Common Room during the Reception

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The door to the Coolidge Room beckoning guests
The door to the Coolidge Room beckoning visitors. The student lead tours to both the FDR Suite and the Coolidge Room proved extremely popular.
Adam’s House own Erik Fredner pointing out notable aspects of William Penfield’s Harvard murals in the Coolidge Room
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Tour leader Steven J. Ekman ’12  waiting to depart from the Gold Room

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Meanwhile, back in the Lower Common Room, The FDR Institute's Matthew Young '12 and Kara Kubarych '13
Meanwhile, back in the Lower Common Room, The FDR Institute’s Matthew Young ’12 and Kara Kubarych ’13 pretend to be discussing politics while waiting for more shrimp to arrive.
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The Dining Hall set for 85 dinner guests

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A table closeup. Gracious dining at its best.

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Jennifer Childs Roshak '86 and family, touring the FDR Suite.
One last tour: Jennifer Childs Roshak ’86 and family, in front of the hearth in the FDR Suite. Son Justin, (Harvard ’15?) on right is our youngest student researcher.

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Tutor Matt Corriel and Iris Odstrcil, '10 trip the light fantastic
Tutor Matt Corriel and Iris Odstrcil, ’10 trip the light fantastic after dinner to the tunes of FDR’s Whitehouse

New Views of the Suite

It seems like ages, but here, at last, are some of the first views, post renovations. The walls are still bare, and the furniture a bit sparse, but we’re getting there!

Our new Morris chairs, and a chance discovery: a very sturdy, and reasonably conformtable Victorian setee.

Our newly replicated Morris chairs (thanks to the exquisite craftsmanship of Lary Shaffer at Scarborough Marsh Fine Furniture) combined with a chance antique discovery: a very sturdy, and reasonably comfortable Victorian settee that seems quite at home already under the golden light of the early Edison bulbs. A roaring wood fire illuminates the custom basket-weave fire-back characteristic of rooms in Westmorly Hall.

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The view towards the French windows, with our Brimfield railroad chest in the corner. Window treatments are the next step and will alter this view substantially.

The view toward the French doors, with our Brimfield-Antiques-Fair purchased railroad chest in the corner. (One of two.) Period window treatments are the next planned step based on 1899 designs from the same vendor used by Sara and FDR; this vignette will alter considerably when they are completed.

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A closeup of the chest; this item will eventually reside at the foot of FDR's bed, as he notes in his letters to Sara

A closeup of the chest; this item will eventually reside at the foot of FDR's bed, as he notes in his letters to Sara.

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The vew towards the piano. The song waiting to be played is "Taking a Trip Up the Hudson." Thanks to the dedicated group of alumni who funded this project!

The view toward the 1898 Ivers & Pond piano, which FDR rented as a member of the Freshman Glee Club: "Our piano is coming tomorrow; it is $40 for the year, which is $10 off the regular price. It is a very nice one and of a good tone" (Letter to parents, 11/23/00). The song waiting to be played is the 1902 hit: "Taking a Trip Up the Hudson." Thanks to the dedicated group of alumni who funded this project, and to parlorsongs.com for the music!

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The renovated bathroom, wainscoting, fixtures and granite floor restored.

The renovated bathroom, wainscoting, fixtures and granite floor restored.

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Period chandelier in place, and walls coated with a temporary coat of paint until the final paper arrives, we're almost ready to begin acquiring the 1000 or so items that will eventually filll this room.

Period chandelier in place, and walls with a temporary coat of paint until the final paper arrives, we're almost ready to begin acquiring the 1000 or so items that will eventually fill this room. Tables, chairs, lamps, picture, sculpture, books, bookcases, pen, pencils, pipes, desk sets, period newspaper, umbrellas, walking sticks, spittoon, club albums, medals, trophies, Harvard ephemera. Soon, it will be 1903 again...

A thousand thanks to all of you who have helped us move this project forward! Special kudos to our alumni donors  and project supporters (you know who you are); Harvard College in the person of our honorary President Drew Faust, the Palfreys, Suzy Nelson, and Merle Bicknell; Shawmut Construction, especially Carl Jay, and his dedicated horde of motivated craftsmen; Ropes and Gray LLC,  in the persons of Christopher Leich and Sarah Shaffer-Raux; Kari and Sandy Pei for their incredible donation of the wallpaper and reconstruction labor; and last, but certainly not least, the offices of the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, which largely funded this phase of the Restoration.

Curtis Roosevelt on PBS

We at the Foundation are happy to relate that Mr. Curtis Roosevelt has landed in Boston, via an 18 hour trip from Western MA through 1.5 feet of snow!

No matter. The Roosevelt stamina lives on. Here’s Mr. C. R, 1/2 hour off the gate, and thrust into a studio at WGBH’s Greater Boston.

Talk about game! Well done!

See you all Saturday at 4:30, at Adams House

Welcome to Boston!

As part of our opening festivities yesterday, members of the Adams Senior Common Room joined us for a bit of good cheer as we christened our newly restored (and just arrived one hour before) piano. Here are Adams House tutor Matt Corriel and I signing “The Bird in the Gilded Cage,” the smash hit of 1900. Change the clothes a bit, and it could be Franklin and Lathrop as the piano now sits precisely where it did 110 years ago.

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Let the festivities begin!