A replica of a French Chateau, named Autun, is tucked into a blanket of thick, heavy snow. Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, it was built in 1928. This Chateau was designed by Benjamin Rush’s ancestor (the former, a signer of the Declaration of Independence) who was also named Benjamin Rush after his great-Grandfather (I’m not sure how many greats). Benjamin Rush, the Signer, was also appointed as Surgeon-General to the armies of the middle department of the Continental Army. In addtition, he was an eminent writer, educator, and humanitarian who represented the state of Pennsylvania in the First Continental Congress.
The Benjamin Rush house, Autun, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 2nd, 1984. Today it is well maintained and occupied by residents, who keep the French tradition in which it was built in. Flowering Wisteria is one of many floral variations that grace this property. A mulititude of flowering trees and a beautiful expanisive courtyard all add to its spectacular allure.
Beauty is only as we see it and often it is right outside our back doors, should we only choose to look and truely see!
This photograph was captured with a Canon 40D, equipped with an18-55mm zoom and a 58mm 0.5x wide angel digital lens in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It was processed with HDR and the Orton effect, as well as accented edges.