Thursday, January 6, 2011

Whitehall: The Flagler Museum

In 1902, a story in the New York Herald described Whitehall, the Palm Beach home of Henry Flagler as, "More wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world..." Flagler built the 75-room, 60,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion, Whitehall, as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. The couple used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler's death in 1913, establishing the Palm Beach season for the wealthy of the Gilded Age.

The tree in the Grand Room


Ceiling in the Grand Room


Music Room

I love the tree in the Music Room, adorned with musical instruments

Ladies Sitting Room

Dining Room

Game Room

Breakfast Room

Servants' Quarters

Master Bath

Built in 1886 for Flagler's personal use, Railcar No. 91 is exhibited in the Museum's Flagler Kenan Pavilion. The interior and exterior of Railcar No. 91 car have been restored to the original 1912 appearance, when Flagler traveled by this railcar along the Over-Sea Railroad to celebrate this phenomenal engineering feat and the completion of the FEC Railway from St. Augustine to Key West.

Grounds at Whitehall

Photos by Lacey Lynch

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