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Articles

A SELECTION OF ARTICLES BY CHRISTOPHER MASON in the NEW YORK TIMES, NEW YORK MAGAZINE, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, DEPARTURES, and TOWN & COUNTRY

Up a Pond Without a Paddle

I'M always complaining about my ponds,'' said Carolyne Roehm, the former fashion designer, glancing toward the extravagant series of interconnecting ponds and waterfalls on what was once a dry meadow at Weatherstone Farm, her sprawling estate in Sharon, Conn.

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Christopher Mason
Pearl Lam: A Shanghai Auntie Mame

SHANGHAI — “It’s quite bonkers,” Pearl Lam said of her 22nd-floor, 9,700-square-foot loft in the French Concession district here. The apartment, a mix of ancient Chinese artifacts and Western and Chinese contemporary art and design, may in fact be the wildest interior in the city.

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Christopher Mason
Tree Envy: When Trees Make the Man

Avowing a passion for trees of awesome girth and rarity is a means of gaining social cachet these days. Soaring crimson king maples and golden honey locusts are among the new status symbols, giving a surprising new meaning to "tree climbing."

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Christopher Mason
Newport: The House of Worth

NEWPORT, R.I. - RONALD LEE FLEMING said he felt exultant when he purchased Bellevue House in 1999. The house, a Colonial Revival mansion built in 1910, was the work of the celebrated architect Ogden Codman Jr., and a repository of some particularly colorful social history.

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Christopher Mason
Zipkin Booty in All the Unfamiliar Places

THE remains of his day have been scattered among astonishingly diverse locations, from the home of Nancy and Ronald Reagan in California to the 26th Street flea market, with an auction at the determinedly unglamorous Holiday Inn in Dedham, Mass., falling somewhere in between.

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Christopher Mason
Woody Brock: The Theory of Everything

Even in his natural habitat—Twin Quarries, his arcadian estate Gloucester, Massachusetts, where hummingbirds gather nectar beside a tranquil lake—Horace “Woody” Brock is an exceedingly rare bird. He is a political economist with five degrees from Harvard and Princeton

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Christopher Mason
A Friend Defends a Friend: Peter Bacanovic

Peter Bacanovic and I have been close friends for sixteen years, and we speak six times a day. For the past twenty months, he dreaded reading newspapers and watching TV news, so he called me every morning for a précis, which I tried to deliver gently. It’s been tough.

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Christopher Mason
Ballyfin: Ireland's Finest Country House Hotel

Set in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains in County Laois, 60 miles southwest of Dublin, the Neoclassical mansion of Ballyfin was erected in 1827 to trumpet the wealth and prestige of Sir Charles Coote, Premier Baronet of Ireland. When the Coote family fell on hard times after World War I

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Christopher Mason
For the Baron of Yonkers, a Gothic Revival

DRESSED in ripped jeans, a black leather jacket and a bandanna wrapped around his unruly mop of black hair, Kohle Yohannan seems an improbable lord of the manor. But there was no mistaking his proprietorial glee on a recent windswept afternoon as he led a tour of his home

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Christopher Mason
In Moscow, a Battle for a Modernist Landmark

MOSCOW—A FEW hours after Viktor Melnikov died of cancer at 91 on Feb. 5, his estranged younger daughter and nephew appeared on his doorstep with a retinue of lawyers and bodyguards to try to seize control of his house in the center of this city. “My father’s body was still warm,” Ekaterina Karinskaya, Mr. Melnikov’s elder daughter, recalled bitterly

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Christopher Mason