Winfield House is a mansion set in 12 acres (49,000 m²) of grounds in Regent's Park, London, the largest private garden in or close to central London after that of Buckingham Palace. For other meanings see Regent's Park (disambiguation Regent's Park (officially The Regent's Park) is one of the Royal Parks London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The term Central London refers to the districts of London England which are considered closest to the centre Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. It is currently the official residence of the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, or formally to the Court of St James's. The Court of St James's is the name of the Royal court of the United Kingdom.
The first house on the site was Hertford Villa, later known as St Dunstan's. This was the largest of the eight villas originally built in Regent's Park as part of John Nash's development scheme. John Nash ( 18 January 1752 – 13 May 1835) was an English Architect responsible for much of the layout of Regency Occupants of the villa included the Marquesses of Hertford, newspaper proprietor Lord Rothermere, and the American financier Otto H. Kahn. The titles of Earl of Hertford and Marquess of Hertford have been created several times in the Peerages of England and Great Britain. Harold Sidney Harmsworth 1st Viscount Rothermere ( 26 April 1868 – 26 November 1940) was a highly successful British Newspaper Otto Hermann Kahn ( February 21, 1867 – March 29, 1934) was an Investment banker, Collector, Philanthropist The villa was damaged by fire in the 1930s and was subsequently purchased by the American heiress Barbara Hutton, who demolished it and replaced it with the existing neo Georgian mansion designed by Leonard Rome Guthrie of the English architectural practice Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie. } Barbara Woolworth Hutton ( November 14, 1912 – May 11, 1979) was an American Socialite dubbed by the media as the "Poor Little The house's name derives from Barbara Hutton's grandfather Frank Winfield Woolworth. Franklin Winfield Woolworth ( April 13 1852 &ndash April 8 1919) was the founder of F Hutton's only child, Lance Reventlow, was born in Winfield House. } Lance Reventlow ( February 24, 1936 &ndash July 24, 1972) was a wealthy playboy entrepreneur and Racing driver.
In World War II Winfield House was used by a Royal Air Force barrage balloon unit. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including A barrage balloon is a large balloon tethered with metal cables used to defend against low-level attack by aircraft by damaging the aircraft on collision with the cables It was visited during the war by Cary Grant, who was Barbara Hutton's husband at the time. After the war Hutton sold the house to the American government for one dollar, and it has been the official residence of the United States Ambassadors to the Court of St James's since 1955. The office of United States Ambassador (or Minister to the United Kingdom (known formally as Ambassador to the Court of St Among the ambassadors in residence has been Walter Annenberg, Anne Armstrong, and John Hay Whitney, and the house has been visited by Queen Elizabeth II, U. Walter Hubert Annenberg ( March 13, 1908 – October 1, 2002) was an American billionaire publisher, philanthropist Anne Legendre Armstrong ( December 27 1927 - July 30 2008) was a United States Diplomat and Politician, and the John Hay Whitney ( August 27, 1904 - February 8, 1982) colloquially known as "Jock" Whitney was U For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II S. presidents and many distinguished guests.
Winfield House has been listed on the United States Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property, which denotes properties owned by the Department of State that have particular cultural or historical significance. The United States Secretary of State (commonly abbreviated as SecState) is the head of the United States Department of State, concerned with Foreign affairs The Register of Culturally Significant Property is the US State Department ’s register of properties around the world owned or leased by the State Department that have particular