Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist's Country Estate

November 21, 2006–May 20, 2007

The Gardens at Laurelton Hall

Tiffany's reverence for nature, which found lasting expression in his artistic vision, was evident in the care he lavished on the landscape surrounding Laurelton Hall. Using native species, Tiffany adapted his vision to the existing site rather than imposing a particular style on it. Like an artist working with different hues, he "painted" the grounds with color—broad sweeps of pink mountain laurel, purple Japanese irises, yellow bearded irises, and tawny marsh marigolds, beds of tulips, azalea, and phlox. Outdoor flowers became an extension of the house; Tiffany designed heavy canopies of wisteria supported on great webs of wire outside, and in the dining room installed a frieze of leaded-glass windows, whose floral motifs echoed the drooping wisteria vines. The Daffodil Terrace, with its capitals of vibrant yellow glass flowers, was an impressive pergola-like structure that successfully mediated the indoor and outdoor spaces. It has been reassembled in this exhibition for the first time since 1957, when a fire ravaged Laurelton Hall.