The Vista was modeled on a similar series of descending stairs at the Villa D'Este in Italy. At the Villa D'Este, the stairs descend gracefully toward Lake Como while at Untermyer, they cascade toward the Hudson River. Bosworth's original design flanked the stairs with Japanese cedars mimicking the dark cypress of the original. In 2015 we replanted more than 100 Japanese cedars to restore the original allee.
At the base of the Vista is the Overlook. The two columns framing the view of the Hudson River and the Palisades are ancient Roman monolithic cipollino marble columns from the estate of Stanford White.