In Cushing, Maine, on a peninsula that just out into the awe-strikingly beautiful St. George’s River sits the Olson House. This house was made most famous by Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World,” which is part of MoMA’s permanent collection. Wyeth and his wife Betsy became close friends with the owners and Wyeth went on to use an upstairs room as a studio. The Olson House is owned by The Farnsworth Museum, a gem of a smaller art museum in Rockland Maine. Admission to the Farnsworth gets you a pass to visit The Olson House as well, which is about a 20 minute drive from the museum.
Betsy Wyeth described the house as “looming up like a weathered ship stranded on a hilltop.
Today patina style and rustic are very popular, and this old home is just so beautiful you realize it could never be replicated, but it serves as wonderful vernacular inspiration. Its simplicity and wonderful proportions makes it almost modern:
Its charm comes from a number of things, from the variation on the boards to the old glass used in the windows:
To the rusty hinges on the doors:
To the oil lamp inside the window:
Of course, the bucolic fields of wildflowers, evergreen forests and saltwater river nearby don’t hurt either:
If you’re ever anywhere near Thomaston, Maine (about two hours north of Portland), I highly recommend a visit.