West Porch

Of the original single-bay porches that were positioned on the east, west, and south sides of Westbury House, only the West Porch remains.

In 1924 this porch was extended to three bays and enclosed so that on warm days the family could enjoy their afternoon tea. The great oak ceiling, composed of coffers and beams, conceals steel I-beam construction. In the 1930s Jay had hydraulics installed which allowed the windows to lower into the basement so that fresh air could cool the room.

The oversized armchairs and chesterfields were custom-made in proportion to the large room.

The enclosed porch was an American contribution to country house architecture.

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The tour continues to the Music Room (return to the Front Hall and proceed through one of the two doors into the room).