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Irénée du Pont's Cuban estate "Xanadu" photographs
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Irénée du Pont's Cuban estate "Xanadu" photographs

Accession 1998.231

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Irénée du Pont's Cuban estate "Xanadu" photographs (Accession 1998.231), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Irénée du Pont's Cuban estate "Xanadu" photographs
Dates: circa 1930, 1997
Accession Number: 1998.231
Creator: American Photo Studio (Havana, Cuba).
Extent: 21 photographic prints
Physical Description: 19 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 2 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Location: GL Box 1.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Xanadu was the name of the opulent Cuban estate of Irenee du Pont (1876-1963). He bought land on the Hicacos Peninsula of Cuba to build the four-story estate. This collection consists of photographs of the exterior and interior of the home near Varadero, Cuba.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Xanadu was the name of the opulent Cuban estate of Irenee du Pont (1876-1963). During his lifetime the DuPont Company became one of the largest chemical products entities in the world. Irenee retired from the chairmanship of the company in 1927 at the age of forty-nine. He bought land on the Hicacos Peninsula of Cuba that year to build the four-story estate. The house had eleven bedrooms with adjoining baths, three terraces, seven balconies, and a private dock. Irenee du Pont would spend a several months there each year beginning in early January. He visited Xanadu for the last time in 1957. On December 12, 1963 the estate opened as a restaurant just days before Irenee du Pont passed away in the United States.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs of the exterior and interior of "Xanadu," a home built by Irénée du Pont (1876-1963) near Varadero, Cuba around 1930. There are no people in these pictures. They appear to have been taken soon after the house was constructed or during construction. There are also two color snapshots of the house taken in 1997 when it had become a restaurant.

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Access Points

Cuba.
Du Pont, Irénée,, 1876-1963 -- General subdivision--Homes and haunts.;
Vacation homes.
Xanadu (Varadero, Cuba : Estate)
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