If Ralph Lauren had started from scratch, he couldn’t have built a building that suits his image quite like this one does. It was built for Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo, but in spite of its charming personality, she chose to live across the street with her sister rather than move into her new home because her husband, former police commissioner Francis Waldo, died before it was finished. While it was being built, Mrs. Waldo toured Europe, picking up art objects to furnish it, but never unpacked the things she bought. Her mansion stood empty until 1920, when it was converted into retail space. It was returned to its original glory in 1984, when Ralph Lauren brought his boutique here.
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