Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month. Paula says we are free to choose whatever traces of the past we can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form.
Old Westbury Gardens, located Long Island in New York, is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps (1874–1958), heir to a U.S. Steel fortune. Work on the estate began in 1903, when John Shaffer Phipps promised his British fiancée Margarita he would build her a home in the United States that resembled her family estate in Battle Abbey, UK. The estate was ready for Phipps, his wife and their children in 1906. The mansion contains 23 rooms, and the grounds cover 160 acres. Below is Mrs. Phipps bathroom. In my opinion a very elegant trace of the past.