Laurelton Hall, the Laurel Hollow home of famed designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be used as the inspiration for the new 12,000-square-foot wing of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Fla.
The Morse museum has the most comprehensive collection of Tiffany material in the world. The founders of the museum rescued items from Tiffany’s Long Island home, which was ruined in a 1957 fire. “They collected and saved the material and it’s been in storage, but now they have the opportunity to expand their collection,” says Alina Sumajin of Resnicow Schroeder Associates, who is representing the museum.
The wing will be an extension of the museum, with 11 new galleries and 250 art objects, all evoking the essence of the Laurelton Hall estate. The addition will also include public access to the recently restored Daffodil Terrace.
In 2006-'07, the Metropolitan Museum of Art featured a Tiffany exhibit borrowing some of the materials from the Morse museum. “But now, they will be displayed in their rightful context,” says Sumajin. “They will be arranged in the manner of Tiffany’s home. It will be the first time to experience the way Tiffany had intended it to be.”
The wing will open on Feb. 19 and admission costs $5.