On October 8, 2007 I visited this estate. It was hosting a Designer Show House. It is part of the Muttontown Preserve of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums. The house itself is an interesting blend of French and Chinese styles. It was built in 1924 by the firm of Delano & Aldrich for Mr & Mrs Benjamin Moore.
Notice the moat in the above picture. It is lined with cobble stones taken from the streets of NYC’s Chelsea section – which is how the mansion got its name. It is said that the Moore children regularly played in the moats.
In the foreground of the above picture you can just make out the cobblestones.
The patio, shown above, is also said to be lined with stones taken from the streets of NYC’s Chelsea section. Apparently the Moores’ first home was located in Chelsea.
The circular garden gate is asian in style. The service wing of the house is on the other side of it.
The above photo is taken looking through the garden gate towards the court yard and moat.
Another architectural gem in the garden is this serpentine wall.
There are some over grown formal gardens. While exploring them I literally stumbled into this large abandoned fountain. It must have been something special when it was functioning.
The fountain was lined every few feet with these carvings.
It had been several years since my last visit. I forgot how long the entrance driveway was. This is just a small part of it.