Huguette Clark

©Renee 2013

There was a pretty girl that loved dolls. Her name was Huguette Clark. I did a post on her before, and my interest in her is still with me. She had a famous father, beautiful homes and tons of money but lived in isolation.

This is her father:

One of Huguette Clark’s homes is Beau Chateau. The address is 104 Dans Hwy in New Canaan, Ct. 06840. It is beautiful, and is for sale.

It was built by:,_Gmelin_and_Walker

Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker were a prestigious New York architectural firm.

The firm had an illustrious heritage, the parent company being founded in New York City by Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz in 1885. In 1900 he added partner Andrew C. McKenzie and when Eidlitz left the firm in 1910 he was replaced by Stephen Francis Voorhees (1878-1965) and Paul Gmelin. Following McKenzie’s death in 1926 Ralph Walker, who had been employed for several years with the company, was added as a partner and the name was changed to Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker. In 1938, reflecting new changes in the partnership, the name was changed to Voorhees, Walker, Foley and Smith, and in 1955 to Voorhes, Walker, Smith and Smith. Mr. Voorhees held a senior partner position until January 1959, when he became a consultant.

The firm is well known for its art deco designed buildings.

 Notable commissions

All in New York City unless otherwise noted

Following Perry Coke Smith’s retirement in 1968, the firm’s name was changed to Haines, Lundberg Waehler or HLW. International projects allowed the firm to bring their designs outside the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the Centro Sperimentale Metallurgico, a research center for the development of steel projects was completed on a 125-acre (0.51 km2) site outside Rome and the International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture, a research and housing facility on a 3,000-acre (12 km2) site in Ibadan, Nigeria. In order to accommodate growth in its overseas practice, the firm created a new division of operations, HLW International, with its first offices in Beirut and then in Athens with projects extending to Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

In 1982, the first Midtown Manhattan office of the U.S. Trust Corporation was restored by the firm to the original 1896 design by McKim Mead and White, while accommodating the requirements of a 1980s office. HLW won awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Building Owners and Managers Association, and the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America.[11] In 1983, significant modifications were made for the existing Chemical Bank World Headquarters at 277 Park Avenue in Manhattan. This design included the enclosure of an existing plaza to create Chemcourt, which provided the city with a park-like enclosed space.

Exactly 100 years after the firm’s beginning with a commission to design the first telephone building in New York, a new project for NYNEX Corporation was initiated, as was a training center for The Travelers Insurance Companies in Hartford, Connecticut.

In the decades since HLW’s 100th anniversary, the firm has extended to broadcast, film and television industries. For Fox Studios in Los Angeles, HLW created a 50-acre (200,000 m2) campus that housed the first fully digital network broadcast center.[12] The project incorporated several buildings, creative site/landscape design and over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of historical renovations. When Avon Products hired the firm to design a new global research and design center, HLW relocated the company from its old space into its new 227,500-square-foot (21,140 m2) facility in New York. Additional 21st century work include the United Nations Secretariat Building and North Lawn Conference Building, and Google’s East Coast Headquarters at 111 Eighth Avenue.

Works as HLW:

Huguette’s lawyer:

More on the Clark connections can be found in comments as well as here:,_Connecticut,_Connecticut

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