Chanticleer Gardens accompanied by Chanticleer voices
The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th-century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat.
The Rosengartens hired architect and former classmate Charles L. Borie to design the house, which was completed in 1913. Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed the terraces as extensions of the house. A 1924 addition converted the summer home into a year-round residence and the family moved here permanently.
Mr. Rosengarten’s humor is evident in naming his home after the estate “Chanticlere” in Thackeray’s 1855 novel The Newcomes. The fictional Chanticlere was “mortgaged up to the very castle windows” but “still the show of the county.” Playing on the word, which is synonymous with “rooster,” the Rosengartens used rooster motifs throughout the estate.
Adolph and Christine gave their two children homes as wedding presents. They purchased a neighboring property for son Adolph, Jr. and his bride Janet Newlin in 1933. It is now the site of the Ruin. Daughter Emily’s house, located at today’s visitor entrance, was built for her in 1935. It is presently used for offices and classrooms
Zhou Long~Words of the Sun
‘Open your windows,
Open your doors,
Ah, let me come into your little rooms.
I come with a ray of golden flowers,
I come with fragrance from the grove.
I come with light and warmth,
I come with dew all over.
Get up, get up!
Raise your head quickly from the pillow,
Open your eyes hidden by your eyelash,
To let your eyes see I am coming.
Let your hearts be like little wooden houses,
to open the window closed for so long.
Let me bring you flowers and fragrance.
Let me bring you light, warmth and dew,
To sprinkle all space of your hearts.’
Zhou Long (b. July 8, 1953, Beijing). Chinese-born American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.
Mr. Zhou studied piano as a child, but the Cultural Revolution interrupted his musical progress in 1966. He later studied composition with Wu Zu-qiang at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 1977-83. He then studied composition with Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky at Columbia University and there earned his DMA in 1993.