Extreme Beauty – The Gilded Age- Whitehall
We are back from a wonderful vacation to Florida with hundreds of inspiring pictures from our visit to the Atlantic Gold Cost where we stayed at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, The Breakers in Palm Beach and visited the winter homes, both now museums, of Florida pioneer Henry Morrisson Flagler, who struck gold as a founder of Standard Oil and International Harvester co-founder James Deering’s Estate, “Vizcaya”. We also visited the Biltmore at Coral Gables, the Charles Deering Estate and South Beach.
I begin my series of blogs on extreme beauty from the Gilded Age with the Flagler Museum formerly Whitehall.
Flagler at the age of 71 took a third wife, Mary Lily Kenan of North Carolina and shortly thereafter as a wedding gift commissioned the construction of the “white palace”. Whitehall stands on a six acre site bordering Lake Worth. It was designed by New York architects John M. Carrere and Thomas Hastings, both of whom had studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in France.
The real glory of Whitehall is its interior design and ornamentations. At an estimated cost of $1,5000,000 at the turn of the century, William P. Stymus, Jr., of the New York firm of Pottier and Stymus, gathered opulent furnishings and fixtures from all over the world. I can’t wait to share all this extreme beauty with you. This marble Entrance Hall is 110′ x 40′.
The walls, floors and columns are made of seven different varieties of marble.
The ornamentation is so beautiful.
I really love this combination. Decorators Supply has a similar Louis XVI rosette Style 5423 which is 7-5/8″ x 11-5/8″.
The contrast marble border creates a very nice panel which could be recreated in faux marble for a handsome bath.
This handsome molding was used along the stairs. It is available from JP Weaver Style RMF 1003 3-1/4″ x 1-3/4″.
In rooms where privacy doors are not necessary this drapery effect is lovely.
This embroidered fabric is amazing and in such great condition.
A clock which is a work of art.