Unhappy with the work of his original landscape designer, Rockefeller took over the project himself, adding mature trees and winding roads before handing the reins to William Welles Bosworth. The noted architect transformed the grounds with Beaux Arts-style gardens, featuring a fascinating array of terraces, fountains, sculptures, and statuary, including a Temple of Aphrodite and a Japanese teahouse. Because of the Rockefeller family’s largesse in leaving Kykuit to the care of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the public can experience the quiet majesty of this landmark for years to come.
Text Karen Callaway
Photography Kate Sears