July 7th, 2012

First day of school

Vanderbilt Museum!

Today we went to the Vanderbilt Museum!

The Spanish Revival Mansion with its 24 rooms was built in three stages from 1910 until 1936. Rooms in the historic house are on exhibit and exemplify the eclectic taste and collecting interests of William K. Vanderbilt II. The mansion was designed by the New York architectural firm Warren & Wetmore, whose Grand Central Station in New York City [1903-13] was designed and built for the New York Central Railroad, one of several Vanderbilt family enterprises. Later additions to the mansion and other estate buildings were executed by architect Ronald H. Pearce, who trained in the office of Warren & Wetmore and continued to make improvements at "Eagle's Nest" after Warren's retirement in 1931.

It was a very interesting museum filled with beautiful artifacts! Apparently Vanderbilt was also a collector of taxidermy animals - ranging from polar bears to whales. A bit intense. Overall though, a wonderful place to visit and walk around.