It is not often that you see a garden folly of such magnificent beauty preening above the evergreens in a suburban landscape.  But there it was, in all its glory, taking its place amidst the trees—a replica of an 18th century garden pavilion—grandly anchored on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful North Shore estate.

Though garden pavilions date back to ancient Rome, this exacting jewel is a replica of a 1793 summerhouse folly designed by architect Samuel McIntire in Danvers, Massachusetts.

It was built entirely to scale and includes hand-carved mahogany urns, drapery, and capitals. 

The glass in all windows was made in France exactly as it would have been made in 1793.

The views are exquisite, affording a glorious glimpse of the pool and the expansive grounds surrounding it.  Built as a pool house, this very special garden folly  is one of only two replicas of McIntire’s original work in existence today.

Hats off to the architectural firm of Liederbach and Graham whose reproduction is truly a work of art.