Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building
Shelburne’s remarkable Impressionist paintings are exhibited in the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, which re-creates six interiors from the Museum founder’s 1930s Park Avenue, New York City apartment.
Memorial Building is a Greek Revival structure based on an Orwell, Vermont house that Mrs. Webb had admired. After her death in 1960, Mrs. Webb’s children built the gallery to fulfill her wish that her Impressionist paintings and 18th-century English furniture come to the Museum. The building was completed in 1967.
Unlike the Museum’s historic houses, which provide insight into Mrs. Webb’s interests as a collector, Memorial Building tells something of the forces that influenced her life. The rooms are a formal combination of English, European, and Asian furniture and decorative objects as well as high-style American pieces, such as a suite of furniture by Louis Comfort Tiffany.