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 Post subject: Fire & Ice: The Magic of Loïe Fuller -- at Maryhill Mus
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:07 am 

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Location: Seattle, WA. USA
Literally out in the middle of nowhere is located the awesome and grand Maryhill Museum. Situated above the mighty Columbia River, on the Washington State side, this building was to be its founder's home but never was.

In addition to regalia from Queen Maria of Romania (one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters and related to both the English and Russian thrones), they have a great Rodin collection, art, and a semi-permanent exhibit related to the American dancer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928).

From their web site:
"In 1907 Samuel Hill (1857–1931), a wealthy entrepreneur bought 6,000 acres of land overlooking the Columbia River with the intention of establishing a Quaker agricultural community. He chose the bluff which Maryhill Museum now occupies as the site for his own home, and in 1914 construction of his poured concrete mansion began. He named both his home and his land company Maryhill after his daughter, Mary.

Among Hill's many personal friends, three exceptional women played key roles in the next chapter of Maryhill's history. Loie Fuller, an acclaimed Folies Bergere pioneer of modern dance, conceived the bold idea of creating a museum of art out of Sam Hill's mansion. Through Loie's friendships within Parisian art circles, Hill was able to acquire an extensive collection of original Auguste Rodin sculptures.

In 1926, Hill invited Queen Marie of Romania to dedicate his still unfinished museum. Marie felt deep gratitude toward Hill, who had generously aided Romania after World War I. Thousands of people converged at Maryhill to witness the ceremony. "

It's a fun and worthwhile place to visit!

Dean Speer

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 2:01 pm 

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Location: Chicago, IL
I love Maryhill and have been there several times. It's a beautiful drive to a handsome Estate. I went there after reading a Queen Marie biography but went back several times because of the whole museum.
Thanks for reminding me.

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