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Yaddo Opens the Gates with Guided Tours


This month for the sixth time in history Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY) opened its doors to the public. Creating a look into the fabled residency for writere and artists the residency is hosting guided tours of the historic Yaddo Mansion and grounds -areas that are generally closed to the public to assure resident artists the privacy they need to work.

Since 1926, the mansion and most of the 400-acre Yaddo property has served as living and working quarters for thousands of creative individuals, in accordance with the wishes of Yaddo’s founders, Spencer and Katrina Trask. Except for the Yaddo Gardens, Yaddo is closed to the public to ensure good working conditions for the more than 200 artists who are invited each year to spend two weeks to two months at Yaddo dedicating themselves to their creative efforts. Yaddo was designated a National Historic Landmark in March of 2013.

Four two-hour tours will be offered on September 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. In addition, on September 20, from 4-7 p.m., Yaddo President Elaina Richardson will host an exclusive “Deluxe Tour”, open only to 50 guests and highlighted by a cocktail reception in West House, the second largest residence on the Yaddo estate.

All tours include the first two floors of the 55-room Yaddo Mansion, completed in 1893, the first floor of West House, select artist studios, and a burial ground. Several magnificent stained glass windows and a Tiffany fireplace mosaic are among the architectural highlights in the 45,000-square-foot mansion, which is decorated primarily with artwork and furniture original to the house.  The “Deluxe Tour” will feature additional stops, including the Yaddo Authors’ Library.

Proceeds from the tours will support Yaddo’s artist residency program and repairs to structures in the Yaddo Gardens.

Learn more about tours at: www.yaddo.org.