Every time we visit my sister in New York state we make a point of walking the nearby grounds of the Chautauqua Institution to enjoy the beautiful lakeside gardens and Victorian architecture (above and below). This historic non-profit organization — with hundreds of summer "cottages" — is located on 750 acres on the shore of upper Chautauqua Lake.
This year we were there before they officially opened for the season so we got to see a number of the buildings in their winter wraps. This is the only place Mark and I have ever seen historic structures zipped up in custom covers to protect them from the wear and tear of winter weather.
These are pretty amazing creations. Typically they wrap around porches with very decorative railings and woodwork that will be easily damaged by the serious winter snows in this part of the country.
This building has striped coverings on two sides!
Porches revealed! These are from the 1881 Athenaeum Hotel on the Chautauqua grounds. Most of the big buildings under wraps in the pictures above are apartments.