Category Archives: House

Life of the Party

We’ve all seen the “life of the party” at a gathering or two. The teller of jokes, the keeper of magic tricks, the dancer of jigs, the wearer of a lampshade…which brings us to this 1966 CoverGirl advertisement for Frosty … Continue reading

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Back of the House and Beyond: The Millionaire’s Household, 1900–1942

For a number of years, Maggie Lidz, Winterthur’s recently retired estate historian, and I have been working on a book that takes an in-depth look at the rarely explored spaces in large American houses and estates.  It has taken a … Continue reading

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Honoring H. F. du Pont and His Lasting Influence

During this, the 25th anniversary year of Jayne Design Studio, Winterthur Fellow and Delaware Antiques Show keynote speaker Thomas Jayne and filmmaker Simon Blake have collaborated to honor Henry Francis du Pont and his extraordinary vision for Winterthur Museum. In … Continue reading

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Introducing a New Look for Winterthur—Inside and Out!

It is with great pleasure that Winterthur announces the yearlong house renovation is coming to a close! More importantly, the ground-to-roofline scaffolding and green scrim around the exterior of Henry Francis du Pont’s former home is coming down! So far, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving at Winterthur

Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont was known as a great entertainer. He meticulously planned his dinner parties, overseeing every detail, from the china, silverware, and table linens to the floral arrangements and menu courses. It would be reasonable to think … Continue reading

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Winterthur in a New Light

Most art and history enthusiasts are well aware that historical objects need to be regularly monitored and conserved. But what about historic structures? How can conservators, architects, and historians work cooperatively to preserve the houses of the past for historians … Continue reading

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Visions of Grandeur: Winterthur Transformed

Winterthur, the childhood home of Henry Francis du Pont, has undergone many transformations in its rich history. The original 12-room, 3-story Greek revival mansion, built in 1839 by Jacques Antoine Bidermann and his wife Evelina du Pont, was only a … Continue reading

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The du Ponts of Winterthur

Winterthur Museum seems impossible to imagine as a home. How could the vast structure—all nine stories of it—have housed a small family of four? The sheen of quality in the museum collections, polished by curators for decades, blocks any sense … Continue reading

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Yuletide at Winterthur, Part One: Lighting the Way to Holiday Celebrations

Today, spectacular displays of holiday lights are a much-anticipated feature of the Christmas season. Did you know that lighting played a significant part in holiday celebrations even before the advent of electricity? This year’s Yuletide at Winterthur tour looks at … Continue reading

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’Tis the Season

The holiday season at Winterthur is not to be missed. This year, Yuletide at Winterthur, opening November 23, illuminates winter festivities from long ago and provides inspiration for creating your own memorable holiday events. Throughout the tour, three major themes … Continue reading

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