Monday, May 23, 2011

Whitehall Mansion Part 3

We're finally moving to the second floor of Henry and Mary Lily Flagler's winter retreat.  The reason I didn't show a butler's pantry or kitchen is because they no longer exist.  After the Flagler's deaths, Mary Lily's niece inherited the estate and sold it to investors who opened  it as the Whitehall Hotel in 1925.  They actually destroyed the entire west wing and added hotel rooms to the house.  They have since been torn down and the house returned to it's former glory.
This is Mary Lily's Morning Room.  She used this private sitting room to entertain bridge parties, practice music, and maintain her private correspondence.  I need one of these!
This is just one of the 13 separate servants' bedrooms that once existed.  Did I mention there were originally 17 bathrooms on the second floor?  They needed those servants!
The Flagler's servants lived on the second floor west wing and the servants that arrived with their many guests were housed in separate quarters on the third floor.
There were originally 14 guest chambers on the second floor.  This is the Yellow Roses Room.  Matching wallpaper and fabric was a turn-of-the-century innovation.
This is the Colonial Chamber, the largest of all the guest bedrooms.
The furniture came from Flagler's home, Satanstoe, in Mamaroneck, New York.
The Silver Maple Room.
The Blue Room.
The Pink Room.
Each bedroom is connected to the next by a double privacy door.
Did I mention each room had it's own bathroom and large walk-in closet?
They also had individually controlled thermostats.
The furniture in the Gold Room belonged to Henry Harkness Flagler, Flagler's son from his first marriage.
The Louis XV Room.
Ceekay and I were having a difficult time deciding which guestroom was our favorite.
The Heliotrope Room. 

That does not conclude the tour of the second floor.  I'll finish it up later this week with the Master Suite and Flagler's private rail car.  As an interesting side note:  Henry Flagler died as a result of a fall in one of the many Whitehall bathrooms.  He was 83 years old.  Mary Lily was 46.


  1. OK - I so could live in that blue room!

    But what I truly want are those quilts on the beds in servants' quarters!

  2. Oh, this is a most gorgeous place! I could spend hours here! Thank you so much for sharing! Thank you for your sweet comment and I would be thrilled if you used my indoor picnic idea at your church. If you do, be sure to blog about and let me know! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  3. I think I could live in the Louis XV Room. And Melody's right... those quilts on the servants' beds are incredible!