Tiffany at Laurelton Hall
In 1902, Louis Comfort Tiffany began construction of Laurelton Hall, an 84-room house and country estate on 580 acres near Oyster Bay, Long Island. Tiffany created extraordinary tableaus in every room while surrounding it with 60 acres of Elysian gardens. When Laurelton Hall was devastated by a 1957 fire, Winter Park collector and artist Jeannette Genius McKean said to her husband Hugh F. McKean, then president of Rollins College, “Let’s buy everything and try to save it.” Abracadabra.
The Morse Museum’s already wide-ranging collection of Tiffany artworks now includes its Laurelton Hall architectural and aesthetic showcase in a 12,000 square-foot wing that opened in February 2011. The Morse’s collections have been shown in the nation’s major museum; their Tiffany-designed Oyster Bay window is on long-term loan to The Met. During the fifty-year span from the time when The Morse Gallery mounted the first exhibition of Tiffany’s work untilLouis Comfort Tiffany & Laurelton Hall — An Artist’s Country Estate, the 2006 collaborative exhibition in New York by The Morse and The Met, this privately-funded Winter Park museum has been at the forefront of American decorative arts.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
Tiffany at The Morse
Laurelton Hall: 1901-1915
Oyster Bay, Long Island
“… to suggest the former splendor …”
1865 Brickell Avenue – Miami
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)
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Photography Augustus Mayhew