ONE VISION, ONE EXTRAORDINARY MANSION
IN THE TRADITION OF STANFORD WHITE
The house designs of Stanford White embodied the ultimate achievements of The Gilded Age and created an "American Renaissance" in architecture and art. And just like Stanford White, who not only designed a mansion for his clients, but also traveled the world to collect the furnishings they should contain, this owner also traveled the world to collect the finest architectural and decoration ideas, as well as the art and furnishings, to combine the very best of the classical tradition with every modern technological convenience.
The entrepreneurial, creative thread began early. Originally commissioned in 1883 for an international silk trader, this house was transformed in 1913 into its present neo-Classical style by William Welles Bosworth for James Ellsworth.
Ellsworth flourished in business during The Gilded Age, achieving particular success at the peak of the economic boom between 1890 and 1920. He was a flexible American industrialist moving from one industry to another: he began as the owner of coal mines in Pennsylvania -- the coal town Ellsworth, PA is named after him. He moved into railroads, and in 1907 after the completion of a railway, ...