In 1874, a minister and a layperson from a Methodist Episcopal Church (is that still a valid sect?) started here on the shore of the lake to teach people how to conduct Sunday School classes. They slept in tents, then built wood platforms to accommodate the learners.
Eventually, the place became a place of ideas, transcending religious sects, and incorporated the arts, knowledge, politics and activism as its hallmarks, while still embracing religions of all kinds to be involved. Each of the major religious sects have built houses here over the past 110+ years. Here’s the Catholic House right near the entry to the Amphitheater at the heart of the campus.
One of the best homes for architecture is the Scott’s place on Janes St., just a block from the “Amp”.
Here is the stairway up to their 2nd floor condo and you can see the name of the place on the left side of the stairs.
Our place on the north edge of the community is part of a Gatehouse complex of the Packard car
family’s estate built in the early 1900’s. Our part is the former garage of the gatehouse.
Each time you see a property, it is surrounded by thoughtful, blooming plants…many of them perennials which grace the same spots season after season – Shasta Daisies, Hydrangea bushes, Day Lillies, Hollyhocks, etc. It seems like everything is in bloom this week.
Here is Philosophy Hall, copied from a Roman building, where they have afternoon major speakers.
This afternoon’s speeches were by EJ Dionne – author and columnist for the Washington Post, followed by the morning’s major centerpiece, Mike Sandel….there were over 1,000 people spilling out of this structure onto the lawns and surrounding buildings just south of the Amp. Lots of bikes, since this is a major transportation source… there is limited parking inside the campus. Delightful.