Friday, October 23, 2009

G.V. Whitney's Art Studio

The art studio of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, designed by Delano & Aldrich in 1913 in Old Westbury. The SPLIA book quotes Billy Delano as saying, "Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney asked me to build a studio in the woods at Westbury, where she could get away from Harry's polo-playing friends. She put me in full charge, with no mention of cost. An architect's dream!". The house is a private residence today. Click HERE to see the studio on google earth.

Pictures from American Homes of Today.

5 comments:

Regina Joi Drucker said...

I have always loved this little Studiolo/Pavilion in the woods by GVW and Delano. The Chanler Screens painted to look like inlaid marquetry in Ivory tones are genius in their own Beauty. I know that Maxfield Parrish did other room murals as well...some of which were removed. Are the Chanler Screens still in situ? Do you have other images of the exterior/interior and gardens.

I live in a very similar Pavilion built in 1926 in Pasadena,CA that is surrounded by lush gardens, and everyday I am in a dream state on how Marvelous it is to be so lucky to share a similar dwelling as GVW, even owning a Chanler screen myself with exotic birds...one that was in his family until I bought it directly.

Anonymous said...

Zach, this is pretty heavenly, thanks so much for sharing this in particular! Mrs Whitney has always been fascinating and inspiring, plus her choice of patronage; the Chanlers as well. R.W.Chanler had a brilliant life and fascinating family, one of the famous Astor 'orphans,' the 'richest orphans' in America. He had a brilliant career and bizarre marriage as well! - robert

Zach said...

I do not know if the murals are still intact. There are more photos out there (some of which are in Peter Pennoyer's book on D&A) and I know it will be included in an upcoming work on D&A (which I am eagerly awaiting). I'll try and dig some more up.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Zach, I sent a link re your post to Wint Aldrich, whose is Chanler's grand-nephew and is fascinated by his ancestor's work. As am I.

Zach said...

That's great, thanks!