F. W. Woolworth Estate

WinfieldRearBeautifully situated amid sixteen acres of formal lawns, lush gardens, cascading terraces and lofty alles, this cast-stone and marble estate is a superb example of Gold Coast architectural brilliance.

F. W. Woolworth commissioned Charles P.H. Gilbert, renowned architect of “The Woolworth Building,” the world’s largest building at the time, to design Winfield Hall in 1916. Its palatial, formal symmetry and eclectic compilation of interior styles are a testament to the opulence of the turn of the century’s American aristocracy. Sequestered beyond its long elliptical forecourt, the Italian Renaissance manor now harbors impressive public rooms with monumental details, nine bedrooms, ten and one half baths, two working elevators and 16 marble fireplaces. A myriad of styles and architectural acumen describe the mansion’s interior domain.

99285081.05Nu1kCoFrench Gothic, Baroque, Georgian, French Empire, Elizabethan, Sheraton and Tudor are a sampling of the periods uniquely presented throughout this living archive. Laced with marvelous towering specimen trees, verdant lawn and a plethora of ornamental gardens, this park-like 16.39 acre compound is an extravagant pageant of color, fragrance and texture. Outbuildings include a stone carriage house/professional building with clock tower and teahouse. Once the domain of the “five and dime prince,” F. W. Woolworth, Winfield Hall maintains an evocative, compelling profile as one of the Gold Coast’s premier architectural showcases.

The stone and marble structure is based on the style of Italian and French Renaissance, its imposing and classical façade is defined by an entrance bay with a porte cochere and broad pavilions at each end.

99444153.jZxbGY1QA lovely balcony backed by a triple window and simple braked lintel sits above the porte cochere. Shallow Corinthian-topped pilasters ascend from base to cornice, where the lower floors are crowned by a balustrade and capped with a parapet-studded flat roof. Panoramic water views from the roof are alluring. A two-story portico with huge piers and columns delineates the manor’s western presence, facing an allee of trees and graded landscape. The north side of the residence boasts a meticulous composition of parterres designed after the world-famous Borgese Gardens and tea house.

The eclectic tenor of Winfield Hall’s vast interior is due in part to F. W. Woolworth’s interest in a broad spectrum of historical genres. The ground level public rooms off the main Gallery Hall are formally arranged, radiating off of each side, from entrance to garden. This flamboyant, memorable entrance hall boasts a figured marble stair, that cost 2 million at the time of construction, a sculpted gilded rosette ceiling and the ornately carved marble fireplace and mantle depicting the Woolworth family and crest.

The entire west pavilion is occupied by the Music Room which houses the largest Aeolian pipe organ in the country. Graced with a gilded and coffered 20’ ceiling and concealed accent lighting, the room is a cornucopia of varied patterns, textures and tones. The east pavilion holds the dining room, conservatory, solarium, billiard room and kitchen/service complex. Each of these rooms exemplify a period of style. It is fascinating to experience this supurb and provocative collection of opulent design and extravagance contained.


For further information and inquiries please contact the owners. 

Photos courtesy of James Robertson.