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Kenwood was designed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s architect cousin, William A. Delano, and it lies just beyond Monticello across the road. The cottage is close to the main house and was designed especially for President Roosevelt's use (called the ‘Little White House’ by Life Magazine); that is the cottage where ENIE lived. The estate was built for and owned by Frances Nash Watson, a world-renowned pianist and ENIE's aunt. Kenwood is now headquarters of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson studies, bequeathed to the University upon ENIE's death, which has a long-term lease with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.
Another fond memory is the piano concert given in memoriam to Frances, hosted by ENIE, who was in a wheel chair at that point. It was the first and only time I had been in the main house. The sounds of the music, in concert with the setting sun and incredible vista through the large windows looking toward Monticello were unforgettable.
*05/16 Unbelievably, I woke up this morning and wondered if BRANDY has painted ENIE ... AND THE ANSWER IS YES ... the baking of the ham has come full circle!