At last we come to the guest house. This is all in one structure with the servants’ quarters, a three-car carport, and the, well… I guess it was a sort of living-room for the servants. The servant/car side of the structure now houses offices for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The guest house, though adjoined, functions independently.
The covered walkway to the guest house takes off from a vestibule on the second floor of the main house. Here’s the beginning of the walkway (seen, I think, from the corner of the master bedroom deck on the second floor).
Here’s the best view of it, seen from the deck off Edgar Sr.’s room. This may be the only place from which the walkway and guest house structure are visible from the main house.
The walkway itself is an interesting structure. Its roof of reinforced concrete is cantilevered from only a few supporting posts, supported both by the depth of the posts’ footings (I forget whether our guide said 30 or 40 feet), by the compression on the interior of the curve, and by the folding of the canopy, which was all poured as one single structure. Just in case you were beginning to think you’d seen it all, when it comes to cantilevers!
Just as the guest house was barely visible from the main house, so the main house is barely visible from the guest house above. Where it can be seen at all, the visitor sees only the roof, which the architect has thoughtfully planted in ivy so that it doesn’t dominate the view. (I’m sure he wasn’t thinking of energy conservation at the time–but there you have it: a green roof!)
Many of the themes of the main house are carried into the guest house. These include a covered, but open, walkway to the entrance…
…nearly invisible glass corners…
…and a cantilevered structure covering part of the terrace.
That’s wisteria growing up there. It must be wonderful in the spring!
The terrace also adjoins a lovely, and private, spring-fed pool.
I ‘d like to thank everyone who has shared this tour with me through these pictures and blog posts. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure!