Meticulously restored to its ornate condition of the 1890s, the Wolfson Library Suite offers a dramatic setting that can be adapted for a range of events. With views of the Mall, St James’s Park and Waterloo Gardens, and lots of natural daylight, this newly available space is an exceptional addition to the Royal Society’s rooms.
The tenant responsible for this luxurious decor was an American named Charles Henry Sanford, who spent a comparatively brief period (1890 – 91) in the house, hiring the architectural firm of Ernest George and Peto to design an interior based on that of a (so far unidentified) palazzo in Ravenna. The first Barings Bank crisis made an impact on Sanford’s wealth.
He was succeeded by John William Mackay, who had made his fortune from the US’s first great silver mine, and his wife (Marie) Louise. Nicknamed ‘The Bonanza Queen’, Louise threw lavish parties in the first floor rooms which now make up the Wolfson Library. The interiors were left much as Sanford created them, allowing our modern-day visitors to get a glimpse of 1890s luxury living.
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