In mid August 1903 Edith Vail Ross wrote home to Rutland, Vermont about another adventure she and Miss Schirmer had in New York City.
“Yesterday P.M. Miss Schirmer and I went down to Hotel Martha Washington which has been built within a year or two and is entirely for women. There are single rooms and suites of two and three with bath. We looked at one but Miss S. doesn’t think she would like to live there. ‘Too many women’ she says! However we had a treat down there for all of the paintings from Helen Gould’s house and some of the statuary is exhibited there in the parlors as her house is being repaired. They were beautiful and we enjoyed looking at them very much.”
Helen Gould was one of four children of wealthy financier Jay Gould. She graduated from the New York School of Law in 1895 and was a philanthropist. She had three secretaries that worked on the “begging letters” left on her doorstep daily. Read More about Helen Gould on the Daytonian in Manhanttan blogpost The Lost 1869 Gould Mansion — No. 579 5th Avenue I don’t know much about how some of her art collection was on display at the Hotel Martha Washington in August 1903, but I don’t doubt Edith’s words that it was a temporary display of beautiful pieces.
Helen Gould shocked many by marrying at the “late” age of 43. An unusual stipulation of her father’s will and inheritance was that all of the siblings must approve and consent to each of the siblings marriage suitors.