• Students at South Peak

    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

Bungalow

Bungalow

Bungalow

NPS Photo

The Bungalow, located on the hill adjacent to the Mansion, is a Craftsman-style building constructed in 1916-17. It was designed as a secluded retreat by Harold Van Buren Magonigle for Mary Montague Billings French, daughter of Frederick Billings. The Bungalow remained unchanged until 1959 when the daughter of Mrs. French, Mary French Rockefeller, commissioned architect Theodor Muller of New York to renovate the building. Muller added a simple but modern kitchen and furnished it with many of the decorative items Laurance Rockefeller inherited from his father's estate in Seal Harbor, Maine. The inspiration for Muller's design was a Japanese Shinto temple. The Bungalow contains Asian decorative elements and fine art and also houses artwork from the South Pacific and Africa.

The Bungalow is featured on the Hidden Spaces, Unique Places tour offered throughout the summer and fall. Call the reservation desk for more information at 802-457-3368 ext. 22.

 
Bungalow Living Room
Bungalow Living Room
NPS Photo
 
Bungalow Porch
Bungalow Porch
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

In this sepia-toned photo from 1927, nine men sit and kneel amongst the ruins of a Native American dwelling at Mesa Verde. NPS Photo.

As a teenager, Laurance S. Rockefeller toured Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde with Horace Albright. Later in life, Laurance would donate lands to create Virgin Islands NP and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. He was the first conservationist to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.