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In-Person Tour: The Rosen House at Caramoor
April 1 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY
This expert-led tour will explore Caramoor’s spectacular Mediterranean Revival mansion in Katonah, NY, with furnishings including entire rooms imported from Europe and a surprising connection to early electronic music.
Finished in 1939 after more than a decade of work, Caramoor was the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen. He was a Berlin-born, Harvard and NYU Law School-educated arts patron and international banker specializing in railroads. Her many artistic interests included the theremin, the world’s first electronic instrument, which she played on concert tours in Europe and America. The Rosens worked with little-known architect Christian Rosborg to create a Mediterranean Revival compound of 25,000 sq.ft. Meticulously preserved highlights include 18th-century Italian lacquer panels and hand-painted Chinese wallpaper; a 17th-century Burgundian library with biblical scenes painted on its periwinkle-blue vaulted ceiling; and architectural elements and artworks by or attributed to Tiepolo, Andrea della Robbia, and Lucas Cranach. The prominent New York firm Edward F. Caldwell & Co supplied the lighting and other metalwork, making Caramoor’s Caldwell collection one of the largest in the United States. The Rosens also collected Urbino maiolica; armchairs from the 17th and 18th centuries upholstered in exquisite needlework; and Asian works in enamel, porcelain, limestone, and jade.
Tour attendees will be given VIP access to special objects, including examples of Lucie Rosen’s clothing and materials related to her 1913 “disappearance” in London just before her marriage. Tea and biscuits will be served in one of the mansion’s stunning dining areas.
Ticket price covers the tour only, not transportation to Caramoor. If taking MetroNorth a group will plan to leave from Grand Central in the morning – meeting time to be announced closer to the day.