"Huggins' Folly," before 1885

Saint-Gaudens was encouraged to come to Cornish, New Hampshire, by his New York lawyer and friend Charles C. Beaman, and by Beaman's wife Hettie, daughter of Senator William M. Evarts, one of Saint-Gaudens' earliest patrons. His fame on the rise, Saint-Gaudens was looking for a summer studio away from the New York City heat, where he could work on an increasing number of commissions. In the spring of 1885, Beaman proposed that the sculptor rent an old inn called "Huggins' Folly," a federal-style building with hay barn and stables, a property that Beaman had purchased the previous year.