|View from koi pond|
There are some interesting similarities between the two estates. They are in Italian Renaissance style, were built in the first quarter of the twentieth century, their owners did not live there for very long, in case of Vizcaya, Deering lived for only 9 years, and Philbrook, Phillipses lived for 11 years, and both were later turned into museums.
Philbrook, the 72 room mansion on 23 acres was built in 1926 by Kansas City architect, Edward Buehler Delk, for Waite and Genevieve Phillips, of Phillips Oil, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The elaborate gardens of Philbrook were inspired by Villa Lante, an Italian country estate north of Rome.
In 1938 Waite Phillips surprised everyone when he gave Philbrook as a gift to the city of Tulsa, to use as an art center.
The Philbrook museum houses a collection of art from Piero di Cosimo, Gentile da Fabriano, Biagio d'Antonio da Firenze, Tanzio da Varallo, Bernardo Strozzi, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, and Levi Wells Prentice. Museum also has a great Native American and African art.
|Interesting light fixture inside|
|Detail of the fountain|
|Corinthian column in the gardens|
|Initials of Waite Phillips|