Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's extraordinary country estate in Oyster Bay, New York, completed in 1905, was the epitome of the designer's achievement and in many ways defined his identity as an Art Nouveau artist. Tiffany designed every aspect of his house, inside and out, creating a total aesthetic environment, integrating the structure into the landscape. Although the house tragically burned to the ground in 1957, it was documented in its height and many of its architectural elements and interior features have survived. It featured his own work as well as his collections of Japanese, Chinese, and Native American works of art. This summer retreat had acquired a position of an American icon since it unusual columns topped with flowers in their various stages of blooming were chosen to be reproduced for the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum in 1981.