Thierry Despont, who designed Gates’ Medina mansion, dies at 75

21 August 2023

Thierry Despont, a worldly, erudite French architect and designer whose rich sense of history and heritage brought a refined elegance to the grand homes of industry titans such as Bill Gates and Calvin Klein, as well as to the restoration of landmark projects such as the Statue of Liberty, the Woolworth Building and the Ritz Paris, died Aug. 13 at his home in Southampton, New York.

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