June 1981 - WILDERSTEIN’S ORIGINAL LANDSCAPE PLAN IS DISCOVERED
The original landscape plan by Calvert Vaux is discovered in the attic of the mansion. The document is in a fragile state and cannot be unrolled without damaging it. Ultimately, after painstaking conservation work, the document becomes the blueprint for restoring Wilderstein’s grounds.
Daisy says of the landscape plan: “We’re very lucky we found it. It was put on top of a bookcase, up in the attic. It fell down behind the bookcase and the chimney. I didn’t even know it existed. Over the years there were some leaks in the roof. This thing got completely soaked. It’s just extraordinary that it has been rescued.”