On July 31, 2008 I visited Sagtikos Manor for the first time. What a lovely experience – knowledgeable volunteers, and a first class collection! The Manor house itself has been added on to, so it is an amalgamation of styles, but I would say it is Colonial and Dutch Colonial.
The Manor has 42 rooms inside and is so large on the outside, that I could not back up far enough to get the whole house in one picture. From where I was standing to take the above picture, I moved towards the front of the house.
This picture is of the 1697 House and 1772 Addition. The second staircase in the background leads to the 1902 Parlor Addition.
The tour of the Manor House started here. If there is such a thing as an architectural surprise, the Parlor behind this door is it.
There were two additions added to the Manor in 1902, one at each end of the house. Both were done by noted architect Issac Green. This is the larger of the two additions. The original 1697 house is around the corner and behind the tree on the Right side of the photo.
On the left hand side of this photo, in the background, you can also see the other 1902 Parlor Addition at the other of the house.
The Buttery dates to 1697 and has delft tiles on it . The tiles are from the first owner of the property, Stephanus Van Cortlandt, the first native born Mayor of New York City.
Also on the property, is a Stable and Caretaker’s Cottage.
There is also a cemetery for the Thompson-Gardiner Family on the property.
Looking in another direction.
I loved the detail of the cemetery fence and gate……
Next to the Family Cemetery is the formal garden, which is walled and in ruins. There are only a few plants and sculptures left in the garden, but you can tell that it must have been beautiful in its day.
Not too far from this statue is the Potting Shed.
An empty niche in the formal, walled garden.
In the center of the Walled Garden is a Peacock Fountain. It is in the process of being restored – Its pieces were found scattered on the property.
It is said that the Family was very fond of Peacocks. It is a recurring decorative motif in the Manor House. Just outside the walled garden is an arbor.
The walled garden needs to be restored. There is only one rose bush left in it. This last picture gives one an idea of what could be here.