Please see the first part of this series for more information on Sonnenberg Gardens. The 40-room stone mansion was built between 1885 and 1887, which replaced the farmhouse that was on the property. It was designed by Boston architect Francis Allen. The mansion was built in the popular Queen Anne Style that contained many porches. When we took the tour there definitely were a lot of porches and for awhile we sat on the front porch to relax and enjoy the view. Only thing missing was a glass of wine!
The upstairs of the mansion is gorgeous, which is the second floor. The third floor is closed. I love the open floor plan and how you can view the downstairs as you stroll down the hall way and vice versa.
Mary and Frederick had a master bedroom that overlooked their beautiful Italian gardens. Once Frederick died, Mary no longer used the master bedroom and moved to a different room. She converted this room into a guest bedroom and added the balcony. I can only imagine sitting on that balcony with a cup of tea as dawn breaks over the gardens. It must be breathtaking. In the pictures you will see beautiful dresses that the ladies wore during that time period. These are not Mary’s dresses but they are from the time-period, though I do not know if they are reproductions.
There are several bedrooms that were often filled with family and friends. The architecture is just beautiful with superior craftsmanship. Below are the pictures and view from the Master Bedroom. I love the large windows letting in the natural light and bringing the outdoors indoors. Mary duplicated the patterns in her gardens so they were balanced. You can see that in her Italian gardens. I appreciate perfection and to me the Italian Gardens are perfect. I love that there are people who are taking care of them.
Once Frederick died, Mary moved her bedroom. She died at Sonnenberg. It is not sure if she died in her bedroom or in another room. They had a lot of bathrooms in their house. I would suspect this was unusual for this time period – but I cannot be sure. Does anyone know? You will see there was a small sewing room as part of Mary’s bedroom. This allowed one of her maids to iron and repair her clothes without needing to go to far from her closet. Plus look at all the wonderful hats in the clothes closet!