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Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. Designed by the architects Rotch & Tilden, it is located in Lenox, Massachusetts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and declared an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Millennium program of Hillary Rodham Clinton and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ventfort Hall is the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age.
Ventfort Hall was one of the approximately seventy-five “Cottages” built in Lenox in the 19th century when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Located on spacious grounds in the heart of the village, they are continuing its restoration, the first floor is completely open to the public and 75% of the rooms on the second floor are open.
Through tours, lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances and other events, Ventfort Hall interprets the great changes that occurred in American life, industry, and society during the Nineteenth Century, a fascinating period of American history.
An extraordinary exhibit currently on view at Ventfort Hall is Les Petites Dames de Mode, featuring 61 stunningly beautiful miniature “fashion models” that portray the history of women’s fashion from 1855 to 1914. The 1893 mansion provides the perfect backdrop for the almost half-life size “Ladies” in their period dress. This Exhibition is available during all normal hours and is included with the price of admission. A visit is highly recommended! View the website at: www.gildedage.org.