• Delano & Aldrich, Oheka Castle, Huntington, NY, 1915

    "Oheka Castle was the country home of financier and philanthropist Otto Kahn. Built by William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich between 1914 and 1919, it was and remains the second largest private home in the United States after the Biltmore, comprising 127 rooms and over 109,000 sf, as originally configured. Kahn commissioned the Olmsted Brothers to design the estate’s grounds, centered on a formal axial sunken garden in the French manner, of clipped greens and gravel in parterres and water terraces, screened by high clipped hedging from the entrance drive that ran parallel to the main axis. Other features of the 443-acre complex included an 18-hole golf course designed by golf architect Seth Raynor, one of the largest private greenhouse complexes in America, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a landing strip, orchards, and stables. Oheka served as partial inspiration for Gatsby’s estate in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and in the 1941 film Citizen Kane, photographs of Oheka were used to portray the fictional Xanadu.”

  • John Portman, Entelechy II, Sea Island, GA, c. 1986

    See the formal anomaly in context with the rest of mansions on the island here.

  • Xanadu Set Construction, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941)