19th Anniversary

Antiques & Fine Art 101 2019 When the couple began restoring the mansion, the sunken garden was overgrown. Using an aerial photograph from 1928, they renovated the four quadrants and planted a garden of white, yellow, pink, and red roses. They incorporated sculpture (the figures of the Four Senses and bird baths) and retained a carved sarcophagus that was the only original item from the Platt gardens designed in the 1920s. The Philip Cheney mansion, redesigned in 1928 by architect Charles Adams Platt, is the largest of the thirteen original Cheney mansions. Its 20,000-square feet include sixty-two rooms, nine fireplaces, and seven staircases. The house is on a seven-and-a- half-acre estate that includes landscaped grounds and a “Great Lawn.”