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Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Opens New Laurelton Hall Galleries
Corner angle of the living room gallery. Photo by Raymond Martinot.
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 wing’s opening celebrated Tiffany’s 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 Tiffany’s 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 Morse’s interpretations of Tiffany’s life and legacy. Destroyed by a fire in 1957, Laurelton Hall’s 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 Hall’s dining room, living room and reception hall—also known as the Fountain Court—as 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 Tiffany’s 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 Tiffany’s 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 museum’s efforts to suggest the true experience of Laurelton Hall. Working with the Morse Museum’s staff, George Sexton Associates of Washington, D.C., designed the lighting and installations in the museum’s new addition to evoke the essence of Tiffany’s design vision.





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