In a letter written in 1970, David Rockefeller
thanked Mott Schmidt for twenty five years of service to the Rockefeller
family, aptly describing the special qualities of Schmidt's architecture:
"I know of no one in the country who can design Georgian houses with the
style, warmth and quality that you do. Our house could have been there for a
couple of centuries rather than a few decades. It is both elegant and friendly,
and it fits perfectly into the landscape. I am happy to have this opportunity
to tell you once again how much we have enjoyed living in it during the past
quarter century." These remarks are typical of the satisfaction expressed
by Schmidt's clients.
Mr. Rockefeller was speaking of Hudson Pines, the house Schmidt designed in 1938 for his sister, Abby, and subsequently altered for his own family. Hudson Pines remains one of his finest country houses.