Studios and Cottages of a D.C. Socialite

We recently digitized the architectural plans of two of the homes of the homes of Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931); artist, actor, playwright, and Washington D.C. socialite.

B&W photo of interior with fireplace, a portrait of a woman on an easel, and highly ornate wood furn

On December 5, 1961, the Smithsonian announced the gift of the Barney House Studio. We have written previously about Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931); artist, actor, playwright, and Washington D.C. socialite at The Bigger Picture. Barney donated her artwork and her D.C. residence which became part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection. In 1999, however, the house was transferred to the Embassy of Latvia. 

We have three different collections related to Barney which cover her work as an artist and writer, as well as her personal life. Recently a patron asked that we digitize the architectural plans of Barney's Bar Harbor summer cottage nicknamed Ban-y-Bryn. Hardly a cottage, as you can tell from these drawings, the retreat had 27 rooms including seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, five fireplaces, a large stable, seven servants' bedrooms, and additional servants' facilities. While we were at it, we also digitized the plans for the Barney House Studio in D.C.

Enjoy peering into the life of a 19-20th century D.C. socialite!

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Blueprint drawing of the First Floor of Alice Pike Barney's Studio House on Massachusetts Avenue. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019601

Blueprint drawing of the Second Floor of Alice Pike Barney's Studio House on Massachusetts Avenue. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019602

Blueprint drawing of the Third Floor of Alice Pike Barney's Studio House on Massachusetts Avenue. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019603

Blueprint drawing of the Fourth Floor of Alice Pike Barney's Studio House on Massachusetts Avenue. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019604

Blueprint drawing of the Basement of Alice Pike Barney's Studio House on Massachusetts Avenue. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019605

Blueprint drawing of the Sub-Basement of Alice Pike Barney's Studio House on Massachusetts Avenue. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019606

Plan of the Foundation and Cellar of Alice Pike Barney's house in Bar Harbor, Maine. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019607

Plan of the First Story of Alice Pike Barney's house in Bar Harbor, Maine. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019608

Plan of the Second Story of Alice Pike Barney's house in Bar Harbor, Maine. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019609

Plan of the Attic of Alice Pike Barney's house in Bar Harbor, Maine. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019610

Plan of the Roof of Alice Pike Barney's house in Bar Harbor, Maine. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Image No. SIA2018-019611

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