Friday, March 15, 2013

5 Ws of... Kykuit


What: Kyukit, home to America’s Rockefeller family.

Who: Delano & Aldrich designed and built the home as a country retreat for John D. Rockefeller Sr.; landscape architect William Wiles Bosworth created the gardens; and Ogden Codman designed the interiors.

Where: Pocantico Hills, New York

When: Completed 1913

Why: A study in symmetry with its tall, elaborately carved fa├žade, Kykuit, like many American Beaux-Arts buildings, draws architectural inspiration from several European sources, including the Italian Renaissance and the French Norman house.  It is situated to overlook magnificent gardens with fountains and stone terraces, as well as to enjoy the panorama of the Hudson River beyond.  The gardens and the interiors were influenced by Edith Wharton’s book, Italian Villas and their Gardens, of 1904.  The house today provides a showcase for the Rockefeller collections of ceramics, furniture, paintings and sculpture. 
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Info courtesy “The House Book” (Phaidon).  Images via Google.