Happy #featurefriday !! I was sort of putting of posting this glorious Gilded Age mansion because I have every intention of going there and photographing it myself someday. But let's be real - that's not gonna happen any time soon. So here is Henry Flagler's magnificent Whitehall in Palm Beach, Florida. Captured by the lovely @designarchlove. Many many more photos on their account, so check them out. *swoon*
-Text by @designarchlove -
Welcome to Whitehall, a 75 room Gilded Age Palm Beach beauty. Truly an incredibly maintained estate! Henry Morrison Flagler built the 100,000-square-foot mansion as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. Designed by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts trained John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, the façade has massive marble columns and features a red barrel tiled roof. Built in 1902 around a central courtyard, the mansion has grand public rooms, twelve guestrooms, offices, a kitchen and pantry, house servants rooms, and guests servants rooms.
Carrère and Hastings designed the entryway to be the largest and grandest of any room in a private home built during the Gilded Age. To the visitor, the Grand Hall might seem smaller than its 5,000 square feet. This is exactly what Flagler intended when he asked Carrère and Hastings to drop the ceiling eight feet below what was originally designed in order to give the room a more intimate feel.
The Grand Hall’s ceiling is highly decorated with plaster figures and objects. The ceiling’s central dome depicts Pythia, the priestess of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi. The painting was done on canvas and then fitted into the ceiling space. Two paintings flank the central dome, depicting Aurora (morning) to the north and Luna (evening) to the south.
Stay tuned for more of Whitehall’s spectacular interiors! #whitehall #flaglermuseum #palmbeach #gildedage #carrereandhastings #henryflagler #grandhall #beauxarts #ceiling #architecture #gildedagemansions #historichomes #greatestates #americancastles #americancastlesff #designarchlove - 7 hours ago