The front facade (east)The main features of the front exterior are the colonnade, the stair tower and the glass-roofed Winter Garden.
|Glass-roofed interior gardens were popular in Victorian England. This Winter Garden had palm trees, bamboo furniture, and a central fountain sculpture by Karl Bitter.|
The stair towerThe stair tower was influenced by that of the Château de Blois in France, although they spiral in opposite directions.
|The Vienna-born American sculptor Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915) executed numerous sculptures in and on the house, including statues of St. Louis and Joan of Arc on the exterior of the stair tower.|
The colonnade (far south of the east front)
Decorative columns in the colonnadeGrotesque figures occupy the capitals
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