United States of America, New York, Nassau County, Old Westbury
The Studio (Old Westbury, New York)
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney commissioned the retreat for a place to work on sculpture and as an entertainment pavilion for friends. The axis of the site is north and south. The rear of the studio was developed as an intimate garden with swimming pool and sunken parterre. The garden incorporates many statues created by Whitney and her students. In 1982, it was adapted for use as a residence.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (former owner, 1914-1918); Barbara Whitney Henry (former owner, 1942-1960s); Flora Whitney Miller (former owner, 1960s-1986); William Delano and Chester Aldrich (architect and garden designer, 1914-1918); Raleigh Cottnek (landscape designer, 1914-1918); and Charles G. Meyer, Jr. (architect, 1982).
The folders include a work sheet, features plan, slide view plan, copies of photographs, and copies of articles.
Garden featured in Linda Nochlin, "High Bohemia," in House & Garden (September 1985), pp. 180-189
Garden featured in Mac Griswold and Eleanor Weller, The Golden Age of American Gardens: Proud Owners Private Estates 1890-1940 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.), pp. 102-103
Garden featured in R. Mackay, Baker and Traynor, eds., Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects 1860-1940 (New York: W. W. Norton & Company), pp. 136-137