The Museum of the City of New York has decided to quietly dispose of its Rockefeller Rooms to make way for a modernisation of its Fifth Avenue building, The Art Newspaper reports. For 70 years, the two period rooms from the Manhattan townhouse of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller have been the museum’s main attractions. The dressing room is likely to go the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is currently reinstalling its suite of American period rooms, slated to reopen in January 2009.
The Gilded Age interiors, both created in 1881 by the New York firm George A. Schastey & Co, are remarkable not only for their superbly crafted sumptuous décors, but also for their association with the legendary New York robber baron who acquired the house at 4 West 54th Street in 1884 fully furnished by its previous owner Arabella Worsham Huntington.
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