The Whitney Doll Houses
The Whitneys are a prominent American family with longstanding ties to the arts and thoroughbred industry. The Whitney Doll Houses are a set of four meticulously-crafted dollhouses envisioned by Marylou Whitney, wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. The dollhouses are 1:1 replicas of the buildings that made up the Whitney's Kentucky homestead: Maple Hill, the Artist's Studio, the Poolhouse, and the Guest House.
The dollhouses, primarily assembled by staff at the Whitney farm in Lexington, were completed over a ten-year period from 1967-1977. All four dollhouses are on display in the Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Gallery. Notably, the Guest House dollhouse memorializes Princess Maraget's visit to the Whitney farm while celebrating the one-hundredth run of the Kentucky derby in 1974.