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DETAIL OF NEW HALL JOINING MAIN HOUSE WITH DINING ROOM WING

13,000. It is possible that the dining wing’s construction was planned with the wedding festivities of the Goelets’ only child, Mary, in mind; in 1948, soon after the wing’s completion, she announced her engagement to Eliot Cross, a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and a recipient of the Medal of Freedom. The room was basically square, with new classically inspired ivory-painted paneling measuring

12.5 feet in height, and as it would be used mainly in the summer months, Jansen’s design included no fireplace. Centrally placed in the fireplace’s stead was an ivory and gilt coffered niche, which housed an 18thcentury Austrian white faience stove with a chimney in the form of a palm tree adorned with putti; mainly decorative, this stove could all the same produce enough warmth for the occasional cool summer

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Jansen: Decoration (excerpt)  

Jansen showcases 30 of the company's most alluring commissions, including rooms for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Shah and Shahbanou...