Spent a lovely afternoon at Nemours yesterday with Grace Gary, executive director, who's a whiz in a golf cart and an entertaining guide. We were there to get an update on restoration efforts which, to tell the truth, are never-ending. The first phase was completed in 2008, requiring the place to be closed for three years and costing $39 million from the Nemours Foundation.
This is the former estate of Alfred I. duPont, a modern-day Versailles with 77 rooms, a reflecting pool that contains 800,000 gallons of water and covers 1/3 acre, two-acre Sunken Gardens, a Temple of Love, a maze garden, formal parterre, grassy terraces and fountains, fountains, fountains.
Going forward, Grace says Nemours will be spending about $2.5 million a year on other projects, which I'll outline in a story to come on June 3.
This is the view from the Temple of Love, looking back toward the house.