|Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe|
The Victorian mansion is still located on Lake George, NY.
|Me and Georgia with Tea Island behind,|
off the shores of Oaklawn.
The Stieglitz family sold the property to Mrs. Grant who owned a smaller victorian house next to the Oaklawn property. She didn't do much of anything to improved or change things so when she sold Oaklawn to my family, things hadn't changed much since the Stieglitz days. I can still remember the old Victorian furniture in the "sitting room" off the front entrance that I assume the Stieglitz family left there.
Oak Lawn Lodge and Cabins
In the 50's my family converted the property to a vacation lodge with cabins. The victorian first and second floors had some interior renovations for guests. The third floor was reserved for "cabin boys" like my cousins who served and cleaned cabins. They painted their room black and used black lights. But the exterior stayed pretty much the same with the exception of a picture window for dining and guest quarters below.
|Oak Lawn brochure|
|The distant mountains of |
Georgia's "Starlight Night" painting.
|My aunt dancing inside |
|Tea Island in the distance.|
There was a pig farm up the hill from Oaklawn
|The Barns, Lake George|
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
It's my understanding that Georgia wasn't much into socializing but Alfred was. I imagine she stayed up the hill and painted while the Stieglitz family entertained guests like Enrico Caruso down the hill in the victorian. Apparently, she didn't think much of Alfred's family either. She was a bit of a recluse and she thought they were nosy bodies.
|Enrico Caruso in Aida.|
|The Stieglitz family |
at Oaklawn, 1888
National Gallery of Art,
Alfred Stieglitz Collection
|My grandfather at Oaklawn|
In the end...
Georgia came back from New Mexico to bury Alfreds' ashes and she didn't tell his family where. My guess is that she hopped the decorative rope fence at the road, walked down the hill, through the woods to the lake and buried his ashes facing the lake. She wanted him to look out over the lake.
|The woods are shown here to the |
left of the victorian and above
The woods are now gone and replaced with the timeshare condos. But I remember them well. The trees ran down the hill to the lake and along the side of Oaklawn. I figure it would have been a good way to conceal herself from his family while she buried his ashes.
My reaction to Georgias' comment about green trees.
|Oaklawn. Oil Painting on |
hardboard by P.A. Margis
|This looks like the exact spot by the |
kitchen where Dad caught me.
My favorite O'Keeffe painting. It's personal.
|She painted my view from |
the end of the boathouse.
"Starlight Night, Lake George"
by Georgia O'Keeffe
NOOOO!!! DID THEY REALLY DO THAT? GASP! SIGH!!!
Dare I even share this with the world? Not sure...but here
goes anyway. Many years ago my dear deceased mother told me that when they bought Oaklawn, that up in the attic there was scattered art. No one knew about Georgia and Alfred back then since they had bought the property from Mrs. Grant. My mother said that the art in the attic wasn't any good so they threw it all away!!
|Was it junk?|
I'll never know.
|Vase from Oaklawn|
Since there is no documentation that this vase actually came from Oaklawn and the Stieglitz family, other than my mother telling me, it's not worth much money.
But the memories of walking down the same halls as Alfred and Georgia are priceless.