A new perspective is emerging as Hroth frames my future office window (from the icehouse loft). Looking east (actually southeast in this photo), this will be my morning view. Panning to the left 10 to 15° the view will be filtered through the enormous American Linden (basswood) tree and across the upper lawn, through the ancient ginkgo tree and across the front lawn to Lake Champlain.
If this morning view seems a significant spoil, looking west (featuring prominently in yesterday’s blog post) will offer a similarly breathtaking afternoon view. Across gardens, orchard, meadows, and woods the end-of-day drama will be captivating as sun settles into Boquet Mountain and the Adirondacks beyond.
It’s worth noting that there’s a dash of creative mischief in this snapshot. I’ve described it as the “morning view” from my loft office, but the butterscotch light bathing Rosslyn and the lawn in this image is unmistakably “afternoon light” emanating from the western sky as the sunset nears. An amalgam of morning perspective and late afternoon lighting, almost (but not quite) too good to be true.
Much thought has gone into framing the views in this small building. Although historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse are the defining DNA in the icehouse project, the challenges and restrictions that inevitably arise with an historic property in an historic district allow ample opportunity for aesthetic fine tuning that will ultimately contribute to the lifestyle rewards when the conversion and renovation are complete.
These little glimmers of the future fuel my enthusiasm, and as I remind our dogs, anticipation is half the fun!