WINTER PARK, FL.- The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
, the most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany materials in the world, has opened a new 12,000-square-foot wing. The wings opening celebrated Tiffanys 163rd birthday on February 18.
The addition makes available, for the first time, long-term public access to the restored Daffodil Terrace from Louis Comfort Tiffanys celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. The new galleries feature 250 art and architectural objects from or related to the destroyed estate. Highlights include prize-winning leaded-glass windows, iconic Tiffany Studios lamps, as well as art glass and custom furnishings.
The new Laurelton Hall galleries provide 6,000 square feet of additional public exhibition space and deepens the Morses interpretations of Tiffanys life and legacy. Destroyed by a fire in 1957, Laurelton Halls every architectural detail and interior element was meticulously designed and overseen by Tiffany. The 10 new galleries at the Morse showcase surviving components of Laurelton Halls dining room, living room and reception hallalso known as the Fountain Courtas well as other rooms, creating a uniquely immersive experience.
The new galleries suggest aspects of the actual rooms designed and decorated by Tiffany during his lifetime, said Laurence J. Ruggiero, Director of the Morse Museum. Visitors can no longer go to Laurelton Hall to appreciate Tiffanys approach to design, but they can come to the Morse and, we hope, gain a more holistic sense of the man, his aesthetic, and the power of his imagination.
Laurelton Hall was Tiffanys masterpiece, and it housed a self-curated collection of Tiffany Studios production, said Curator and Collection Manager Jennifer Perry Thalheimer. The objects he put in his home and the way he arranged them reflected his perpetual quest for beauty.
Photographs of interiors from the much-published estate aided the museums efforts to suggest the true experience of Laurelton Hall. Working with the Morse Museums staff, George Sexton Associates of Washington, D.C., designed the lighting and installations in the museums new addition to evoke the essence of Tiffanys design vision.