Taste Makers on the Southern Plains
Furniture and Decorative Arts from the Bugbee Collection
September 15, 2012 – April 6, 2013
After purchasing a ranch northwest of Clarendon, Charles H. and Grace Dow Bugbee hired Grace’s brother, a prominent Boston architect, to design a four-bedroom, one-bath Prairie-style house around the furniture they owned.
In 1914, the Bugbees moved from Lexington, Massachusetts, into the newly-built home where their fine furniture and decorative arts graced two formal parlors, a formal dining room and two of the four upstairs bedrooms.
The exhibition showcases their Rococo Revival, Renaissance Revival, Colonial Revival and Arts & Crafts furniture in addition to family heirlooms such as a desk once owned by President George Washington’s Secretary of War, Henry Knox, and Minton ware and art glass once owned by U.S. Army General Richard Henry Pratt.
With the beautifully furnished interior and an Asian garden, goldfish pond and an allée of trees on the exterior, the Bugbee home was a showplace for Donley County and the region.