Dan and Courtenay Hall joined the great-grandchildren of Mrs. Whitney; former NY Congressman, John LeBoutillier and his sister, Susan Humes for a private fundraiser and tour of their family’s studio in Old Westbury. The fundraiser featured an All-Star committee including Mr. and Mrs. Phipps, Cornelia Guest and Badgley & Mischka.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was born in 1875 to shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, II and his wife Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt. In 1896, she married Harry Payne Whitney, a prominent attorney. Mrs. Whitney had a lifelong passion for art especially sculpture. Her creations include Pan; the Titanic Memorial and the Peter Stuyvesant Monument. A major exhibition of her work was held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. She also founded the Whitney Museum for American Art in 1930 and helped fund the Whitney Wing of the American Museum of Natural History.
The Studio was designed by Delano and Aldrich (ca. 1913). The Beaux Arts style pavilion with Palladian style entrance served as Mrs. Whitney’s private atelier where some of her larger sculptures were suspended from the 32’ tall ceiling. She also entertained artists, friends and members of New York Society there. Splendid formal gardens provided Mrs. Whitney with creative inspiration while the interiors included objets d’art, her art collection and murals by Howard Gardiner Cushing and Robert Winthrop Chandler. The Studio is now owned by Mrs. Whitney’s descendants as a private residence – it beautifully retains its visual splendor and exquisite charm.
About Roslyn Landmark Society
Founded in 1961 by Dr. Roger Gerry and his wife, Peggy, the mission of the society today remains unchanged; to provide education, restoration and preservation of historically significant buildings, sites, and decorative elements which document the rich heritage of life and progress in Roslyn and the surrounding historic communities on Long Island.
Since its’ founding the Society has restored over 40 homes and historic sites. Today, planning for the restoration of the Robeson-Williams Grist Mill is underway. The 300 year-old mill is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an icon of the Roslyn streetscape. Architectural plans are complete and together with Nassau County and Village of Roslyn officials, we are working diligently to make this long-awaited project a reality.