Inisfada, Manhasset NY

Inisfada (Gaelic, meaning Long Island) was built for Nicholas and Genevieve Brady in 1919 by the architect John Torrey Windrim.

Part of the Front Facade

Part of the Front Facade

It is an excellent example of the Tudor Revival Style.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

The facade of the house is decorated with scenes from Fairy Tales.

The Hare from the

The Hare from the “Tortoise and the Hare”

Billy Goats Gruff

Billy Goats Gruff

The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood

The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

In addition to the fables, the facade is beautifully decorated with nature.  Here, the top of each capitol is decorated with a different flower.

Flowers on Capitol 1

Flowers on Capitol 2

Flowers on Capitol 2

Also, each chimney on the house is decorated differently.

Examples of some of the many different Chimney decorations.

Examples of some of the many different Chimney decorations.

The interior of the house has many of its original furnishings.

1st floor hall way through the scroll work of an iron door.

1st floor hall way through the scroll work of an iron door.

Stained Glass Window inside the St. Genevieve chapel on the second floor

Stained Glass Window inside the St. Genevieve chapel on the second floor

On the grounds there are several beautiful memorials.

The estate tea house and the gardens surrounding it are a memorial.

The estate tea house and the gardens surrounding it are a memorial.

Statue in the pond

Statue in the pond is a memorial a place to reflect

Inisfada front facade

Inisfada front facade

The house is presently serving as the St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House, which is unfortunately, slated to close on June 1, 2013.  This Manhasset, NY house is currently up for sale at $49 million.  After visiting this beautiful house, I personally would hate to see it demolished.  I believe that the Jesuits are being short sighted in their desire to divest themselves of this property. There is a need for a place like this in today’s society – this perhaps has never been more true than now – after the wrath of Hurricane Sandy and in the wake of the Newtown (CT)  shootings.

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10 responses to “Inisfada, Manhasset NY

  1. Jason K

    This is currently on the demolition block as the buyer wants to build housing projects. People are fighting to get it preserved.

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  3. Evan Barett Brandes

    Isn’t Long Island overcrowded as it is? Does the Island really need more housing? Many other countries and cities preserve the buildings that are part of their culture. The value that developers and residents place on historical buildings describes a community as a people. Self-interest eventually destroys everything around us, regardless of its virtues in profit. I wish the owners of this property would have the sense to think about future generations appreciating good architecture rather than the short term think of making a buck. The more we destroy the more we lose of our heritage, culture and history.

  4. I stayed here once – I simply cannot believe that it is being sold and demolished – how stupid is that? There is a huge need for retreat, sanctuary; it could be used for a thousand different things that heal peoples’ souls. Short-sighted? Thoughtless is more like it. Shame on the Jesuits.

  5. jess selluck

    Shane on the Jesuits for throwing this magnificent place into the hands of greedy developers without thinking about it’s preservation nor the local community that supported them. Shame on the village where it sits, whose mayor & village board are careless and shortsighted in allowing demolition

  6. Robert J. Devine

    I agree! Shame to the Jesuits for squandering our church and national patrimony.

  7. jan

    please, please don’t demolish. 25yrs ago I went for weekend and it changed my life. If I won the lottery I would buy and preserve it.

  8. To all who do not already know: Inisfada was demolished last week. See: http://www.manhassetpress.com/inisfada-demolition-underway/
    I am so angry about this. The Jesuits should have protected this beautiful building. I am sure the Brady’s are turning in their graves.

  9. Inisfada which means Long Island in Gallic has been written to capture the timeline of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Genevieve Carroll Garvan Brady. “Papal Duchess”. Mrs. Brady was a woman great means and tremendous generosity Holy inspirational vision and hope to people throughout the world. The book covers her work from WW1, WW2, Great Depression, Spanish War and much more. The book also covers some topics of interest related to key events such as the sinking of the Titanic and the illuminati theories of the Federal Reserve. Mrs. Brady was and remains the highest decorated Catholic Woman in America. She worked very closely with the Catholic Church, The Jesuits the Vatican and Presidents during very difficult times. This is a must read book for all women who hold Jesus close to their hearts and Women’s rights at the forefront of all that is good in the world. This book is very thought provoking for anyone who is interested in the illuminati theory of the Holy Grail.

    http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/inisfada/14373000

    http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/inisfada/14373253

    The Physical Inisfada has been lost but The Human Form Divine Lives Eternal

    Proceeds will be used to start a dedication museum in Manhasset to the Bradys. Thanks for your support.

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