Lunt hailed from Milwaukee and Fontanne from England. They met and first acted together in 1919 and married in 1922. After 1928 and until their retirement in 1960, neither appeared separately on stage again. Lunt and Fontanne had a clause in their contract that provided they would never act in the summer, so they could instead come to Ten Chimneys to retreat, relax, and rejuvenate.
Ten Chimneys today looks as if Lunt and Fontanne would walk into any room at any moment to graciously greet their guests. Evidence of their extensive travels is everywhere. Lunt was especially meticulous about cataloging all the furnishings, art, and artifacts on the estate. How much time he could have saved if only personal computers had been available during his lifetime!
We saw the main house, cottage, and studio on the tour led by an extremely knowledgeable docent. Not only could she tell us about many of the furnishings inside the buildings, but she had stories about many of the famous people who were guests at Ten Chimneys over the years.
|The main house has bedrooms named after friends|
of Lunt and Fontanne.
|When Alfred Lunt's mother and sister lived in the|
cottage he called it the "hen house."
|The studio includes a second-floor performance balcony.|