The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 152
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 152

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K-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 mUM feu,, ,1, i IS. "'Lgfr 3 RARE COLLECTION A tour of Doll Room, which houses an elabor- the Flagler Museum, conducted ate collection of dolls from all over here by regular guide Mrs. Edna the world. Morris, will include a visit to the style, with the statue, "Susanna and the Elders," in the center. OLD WORLD STYLE - Henry Morrison Flagler had the courtyard constructed in the Spanish Magnificent 'Marble Palace' Now Flagler Museum By SHARON WILLIS railroad and real estate tycoon, and his third wife, Lily Kenan Flagler. Flagler built the awesome home for her in 1901, after she expressed a desire for a "marble palace" on their honeymoon. Now it Is a museum, opened In 1960 by Flagler's granddaughter, Mrs. Flagler Matthews, "to illustrate Flagler's 35 years of achievement in Florida." During those years, he originated the Florida East white and gold ballroom decorated in the style of Louis XV. Your tour will not enter the ballroom In most cases, because the original wooden parquet floor is so delicate. This light and airy gilded room was where the first Whitehall Ball was held on Flagler's birthday, January 2, in 1902, and later. There are sixteen guest rooms, originally decorated In many different styles varying from Oriental to Early American. Each room has its own private hallway, (with bath and walk-In closet) leading to the vast center hall. Not all of these rooms are open yet, because much of the furniture Is still missing. In some of the rooms, there are special displays: The Jean Flagler Matthews lace collection, a 17th century fan exhibit, a display of all sorts and ages of dolls from all over the world, and a Doll House Room, with an elaborate display of a doll house, furniture, dolls and doll from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Monday, all year round, with tours guided by friendly hostesses In the winter. Special group tours are available by appointment. Oh, and don't look for the kitchen the public rest-rooms are now in its place. Before you leave, be sure to go around back to see Flagler's private railroad car, the Rambler. Built to Flagler's specification In 18X6, It served as the vanguard of the first train to Key West In 1912. clothing. Other exhibits throughout the house are "The Post-Times" exhibit, otf the chapel alcove on the ground floor, with microfilms of the newspaper dating back to 1913; a sea shell collection similar to one Flagler had; historical documents of the Florida East Coast Railway; a showcase of unusual objects of art associated with Flagler, and several exhibits of antique silver and china. The museum is open daily A large mansion fronted by a stately marble-based colonnade and a bronze door proudly stands on Lake Worth at its well-kept site on Whitehall Way In Palm Beach. It was originally named "Whitehall" while it was the residence of Henry Morrison Flagler, multi millionaire oil, "COME AND JOIN US" at the... Coast Railway and ran the first train to Key West, did much in road construction, real estate and resort building, public utilities and public service, to spur the transformation of Florida's east coast from a tropical wilderness to an "American Riviera." It has been said that he brought electricity and other utilities to Palm Beach and made the resort what it is today. Whitehall, designed by New York architects Carrere and Hastings, cost $2.5 million to build and $1.5 million to furnish. Flagler's only direction to the architects was, "Build me the finest home you can think of." If you tour the museum, you can see that the architects did very well in carrying out his directions. Before the museum was opened, Mrs. Matthews and Bedford Grant, then museum director, had a large job in store for them. A hotel had been built on the grounds In 1926, and from then until 1959, the mansion was used for dining and recreation facilities for the hotel. The original furniture was gone, farmed out to many heirs around the country. Bedford was aided in the job of faithfully reproducing each room and its furnishings by photographs Flagler hail taken when he first saw the completed home. There were six pictures of each room one of the ceiling, one of the floor, and one of each of the four walls. The hotel itself was torn down In 196,1, as part of the effort "to restore Whitehall to its original dimensions and grandeur." A tour of the museum is a very special event, and museum officials now directed bv ALL APARTMENTS WATER FRONT AND WATER VIEW ON THE OCEAN in Beautiful Deer field Beach Immediately South of Boca Raton HOTEL ROOMS-EFFICIENCIES-BEDROOM APARTMENTS The ocean is our doorstep ... no motel is closer or safer. A beautiful, spacious pool and large, inviting rooms await you. 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In the center of the ceiling is a 20-foot domed Classical fresco entitled "The Crowning of Knowledge." If you talk while passing under the dome, your voice will echo. Surrounding the dome are four cameo medallions symbolizing Earth, Sea, Air and Soil. Covering the center of the light blue marble floor is a Persian carpet 40 feet long and 27 feet wide, then said to be the largest of its kind ever loomed. Flanking the doors are large Chinese vases, reported to have been given to the Flaglers by the Shah of Persia in appreciation for buying the carpet. Arranged around the room are Louis XIV crown chairs, Regency Acajou side chairs and armchairs Inlaid with mother of pearl. Marble statues grace the corners of the magnificent hall. Your personal guide will then lead you into the Italian Renaissance library off the south side of the hall. Dark and richly hung with deep red silk facings, this room must have been an Ideal place for relaxation. The guide may tell you of Flagler's fondness for the "lion faces" appearing in the grain of the Mesopotamlan walnut panels.-Over the fireplace hangs a painting of Flagler done when he was 65, about 20 years before his death in 1913. The brightly lit Louis XIV music room, covered In gold satin, was the setting for weekly musicalcs given dur-. Ing the winter by the Flaglers. Covering almost the entire west wall Is a magnificent pipe organ which was restored In 1965 by the same company that built and installed it in 1901. Your guide will then lead you to the billiard room. This room Is paneled In dark wood, in a Swiss style. A large stone fireplace almost dominates the room. 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