Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Doris Duke's Shooting Gallery

In a move they will surely come to regret, the mandarins at The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation decided that an environmental center based on a 2,700 acre New Jersey estate does not, in fact, need a turn-of-the-last-century, mechanized shooting gallery in the basement. Last May, the shooting gallery, which was apparently quite a popular feature at the free-spirited heiress's parties at Duke Farms, was sold at auction for $43,200, deinstallation and Duke gun collection not included.

It was designed by William F. Mangels, a pioneer of the amusements industry, whose Coney Island company invented, among other things, the mechanism for making carousel horses go up and down and The Whip.