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Grand Trianon

Palais de Versailles, Ile-de-France

First completed in 1672, as a retreat for King Louis XIV and his then chief mistress, the Marquise de Montespan "the true Queen of France" who bore him seven children. It was situated in the northwestern corner of the Palace of Versailles. In 1904, Stanford White used the Grand Trianon as inspiration for the Astor Courts in New York, built for John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912) who lost his life aboard the Titanic. Among others it has inspired the Palais Rose built for Boni de Castellane courtesy of his American wife's money, and the Château d'Asnières that directly inspired The Elms