The Vista Steps were modeled on a similar series of descending stairs at the Villa D'Este in Italy. At the Villa D'Este, the stairs descend gracefully toward Lake Como while at Untermyer, they cascade toward the Hudson River. Bosworth's original design flanked the stairs with Japanese cedars mimicking the dark cypress of the original.
At the base of the Vista Steps is the Overlook. The two columns framing the view of the Hudson River and the Palisades are 2,000 year old monolithic Roman cipollino marble columns from the estate of Stanford White.
August 23rd, 2014
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