White Eagle / Templeton / De Seversky Center, Old Westbury NY

This beautiful house was designed in the Neo Federal style by the architects Carrere and Hastings in 1916 for Alfred I . du Pont. At that time it was known as “White Eagle.” In 1923 the Frederick Guest family bought it and called it “Templeton.” It now serves as the De Seversky Conference Center for the New York Institute of Technology.

East Facade Templeton

The east facade is the view of the house you see from the approaching driveway. Here is what the front or south facade looks like.

South Facade with Main Entrance

North Facade

This building has extraordinary architectural details on it. Here are a few of my favorites:

Detail North Facade

I wonder if these niches ever housed sculptures?

Arches over Windows

Detail near roof

Of course my favorite details are on the east facade:

Detail East Facade

East Facade Colonnade

The colonnade is wonderful!

The landscape plan and the architecture of this house blend together perfectly. I love the Linden Tree allees on the south side of the house.

Linden Tree Allee

Here is one of my favorite photos:

Garden Wall Detail

Here is another:

Garden Fountain

For more photos of Templeton, including some interior shots, please visit my Flickr site.

Last year I visited and blogged about another one of Alfred I. du Pont’s Residences.



Filed under Long Island Historic Homes

3 responses to “White Eagle / Templeton / De Seversky Center, Old Westbury NY

  1. a little sad at its new occupant. I have found your blog through the down east dilettante and look forward to future posts. la

  2. Fabulous attention to the detail of this historic mansion. I love the same images as you do. ! Also the arches.


  3. I’ve seen this one “up close and personal” and think it’s one of the more palatial mansions on the Gold Coast. I believe Cornelia Guest, daughter of C.Z. Guest and Winston F. C. Guest, still lives on the property in a less opulent dwelling.

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