Rosemount, Lamont Landing, Esopus, New York

Rosemount, Alton B. Parker house 
An approaching new year often means a fresh and clean start. On that note, let's talk soap in Esopus.

Is there anyone else who felt they were missing out by not having a soapstone sink after seeing photographer Helen Norman's lovely images of hers?

{starbright-farm- definitely click through for more about her lovely home}

Well, be jealous no more, because I've found you a soapstone sink (surrounded by a 7,900 square foot home) for your very own.

Not just one sink, but 3 of them, even. You could share with your friends.

In the meantime, here are more ideas of how to have a photo-ready sink:

{Bunny Williams/Southern Living Idea Home}

{Better Homes and Gardens}

Apparently topiaries thrive in a soapstone environment. 

But wait, there's more. The 3 sinks (and the 1860's Esopus, New York home around them) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The sinks are actually noted on the registration form. The house is known as Rosemount, home of Alton B. Parker, a 1904 presidential candidate. (He lost to Theodore Roosevelt.)  Because he was a sitting judge on the New York State Court of Appeals, he felt that he couldn't publicly campaign and express political opinions. So, the campaign came to him, to Rosemount.


Fig.1: View of house from northeast, ca. 1904, showing wood roof, picture window and north end without piazza. Alton B. Parker, Jr., born in 1900, in foreground. From private collection.

While busy campaigning by not campaigning, Judge Parker probably didn't use those sinks that often himself. "Pinspiration" for soapstone sinks wasn't a thing back then, after all.
The listing is here.

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