New York’s Finger Lakes region looks at first glance like a slice of Americana: small towns, white clapboard and main streets. Almost 200 years ago, however, upstate New York was a hotbed of social experimentation and religious reform.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Take a summer trip
Like many diamonds, the house that sits discreetly back on one of the most beautiful streets in the city was in the rough when the owner first saw it.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2011
  • Sub Heading An elegant home in the heart of Shadyside
A casual inventory of the materials Philip Elias used for the interior of his 1920 home sounds like an exhibit in the hall of minerals. Semi-​precious stones including tiger’s eye, lapis, charoite and sodalite mingle with Paridisio, Empress Green and Rojo marble as accents amid pale squares of Portugese limestone.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Jewels abound in this hidden gem
One of the many paths through Frick Park wanders past the house, which sits on the crest of a hill overlooking acres of woodland. Each time he passed it, the current owner would tell his wife that if it ever came on the market, he would buy it.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Overlooking Frick Park is a modern marvel
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