When a reader of my blog sent me a link to view some photographs from an edition of a Sotheby's international-realty catalog that featured Skylands when it was on the market shortly before Martha bought it, I couldn't resist sharing some of the images with you. They were first shown on a very informative blog about Maine architecture called The Downeast Dilittante, which features many interesting posts about local residential and commercial architecture, complete with meaningful anecdotes. (Please visit to see more photos and for more unique facts about the history of Maine!)
The photographs of Skylands in the catalog depict a home that was caught in something of a timewarp. Much of the furniture in the house is original, dating back decades. The Leedes also periodically used the same decorator the Fords used, a Palm Beach firm called Jessup Inc., to design the interiors. When Martha bought the home, the furniture was still there in all its old upholstery. Martha kept much of it, revamping, refreshing, reupholstering and redesigning it to suit the times and her own tastes. How wonderful it would be to have this catalog!
This aerial view of the terrace, used on the cover, demonstrates how expansive it is.
The Great Hall at Skylands: Outdated decorating can't hide the timeless architecture! Look at this space! I'm sure Martha saw the potential right away.