I had the good fortune to photograph in this wonderful space several times before it opened to the public. The last time I shot 4x5 there I inadvertently left my exposure and development notes behind. Didn't realize it until I went to develop the film. I called and yes they had found it. When I stopped in it was open to the public and there I met 3 volunteers, daughter (in period costume), mother and father, who were conducting tours. We chatted photography and I was invited to photograph an outdoor dance performance. It wasn't till I had walked the 1/4 mile back to my car that I realized I really wanted to photograph the daughter in this space.
I called the following week, asked and received the desired answer. I was looking to do 1880 and 1910 period costumes and hopefully some of her dancing in one of the empty rooms. I had black tights, leotard and tutu in mind. Johanna (the mother) indicated no black tutu was available and suggested all white instead. Duh! What a wonderful high key opportunity just fell on me. And it didn't hurt! I've got to be the luckiest guy in the world! The day I photographed was glorious! Can't believe I averaged an exposure every 46 seconds over 4 1/2 hours. These are a small sampling of the many wonderful images I made that day.