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Springwood / FDR Estate, Hyde Park NY

Springwood Front Facade

Springwood Front Facade

Springwood was the home of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The original Italianate-style house has been added to several times, the most recent modifications were made in 1915.

Roof line detail

Roof line detail

The house actually belonged to Franklin’s mother, Sara.  Sara paid for the work that Franklin designed with the architects Hoppin & Koen, doubling the original house’s size.  These alterations gave the house a Colonial Revival Style identity.

Statue of Eleanor and FDR

Statue of Eleanor and FDR

The estate is quite large and features individual houses for both Eleanor and Franklin, The FDR Presidential Library, a Visitor’s Center, several estate outbuildings and the 32nd President’s Final Resting Place.

Gravesite

Gravesite

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Olana, Hudson NY

Olana was the home and studio of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

The house was designed by Calvert Vaux (best known for his work on NYC’s Central Park) in 1872.

Roof Line Detail

Roof Line Detail

It is a Persian styled confection located at the top of a hill, overlooking the Hudson River.

Window Detail

Window Detail

The day I visited, the house was not open to the public and extensive restoration work was being performed on the exterior.  I look forward to returning here one day.

Facade Facing the Hudson River

Facade Facing the Hudson River

It seems that there are 2 web sites for this park.  One by a friends group and one by NY State.  If you decide to visit, the hours posted on the State Site seem to be more up-to-date.

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Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park NY

Front Facade, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY

Front Facade, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY

Of all the Vanderbilt Homes I have visited, this might be my favorite.  It was designed in 1895 by McKim, Mead & White for Frederick Vanderbilt.

Oval Entrance Hall

Oval Entrance Hall

I love the scale of the rooms.  The mansion is like a jewel box with all the public rooms arranged off the large oval entrance hall.

2nd Floor Balcony

2nd Floor Balcony

A skylight and 2nd floor balcony are above the main entrance hall.

Mrs. Vanderbilt's Bedroom

Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Bedroom

One of the most amazing rooms in the home is Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.  It is inspired by the Marie Antoinette chamber at The Palace of Versailles.

Rear facade, Vanderbilt Mansion.

Rear facade, Vanderbilt Mansion.

The Mansion is overlooking magnificent grounds and the Hudson River.

Hudson River View from rear portico.

Hudson River View from rear portico.

Today the mansion is owned by the National Park Service.

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Wave Hill, The Bronx NY

The Pergola

The Pergola

Wave Hill is a public garden that is owned by the City of New York.  It is comprised of two adjacent estates – Wave Hill House and Glyndor House.

Glyndor House

Glyndor House

Glyndor House is used as an art gallery.

Wave Hill House

Wave Hill House

When I visited, Wave Hill House was undergoing extensive renovations.   Both houses are on a hill, above the Hudson River and overlooking the Palisades.

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Both houses have had quite a history with many prominent owners and visitors.  See http://www.wavehill.org/about/history/  for a full history of the site.   This garden is well worth the visit – the grounds are just glorious!

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

A Garden View

A Garden View

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Marble House, Newport RI

Front of Marble House

Front of Marble House

Marble House is a monumental homage to extravagance.  Built principally for Alva Vanderbilt by Richard Morris Hunt, it is based on the Petit Trianon at Versailles.

Under the main entrance

Under the main entrance

The entire house screams formality and classicism inside and outside.

Over one of the side windows

Over one of the side windows

Inside the house boasts more than 500,000 cubic feet of marble.

The Ocean facing facade

The Ocean facing facade

 

The Tea House at Marble House

The Tea House at Marble House

The tea house was added to the grounds by Alva in 1912.  It was designed by the firm of Hunt & Hunt.  (Richard Morris Hunt’s sons.) It was the site of several suffragist meetings after WWI.

Inside the Tea House

Inside the Tea House

Today Marble House is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Kingscote, Newport RI

Kingscote front

Kingscote front

Kingscote was originally designed by Richard Upjohn for George Noble Jones in 1839 – 1841.

Side view of Kingscote

Side view of Kingscote

One of my favorite rooms in Kingscote is the dining room, which was expanded sometime in the 1870’s to 1880’s by the firm of McKim, Mead and White.  To quote their webpage: “The room combines Colonial American details with exotic ornament – reflecting the architects’ interest in combining eastern and western motifs. The innovative use of materials was also important, such as cork tiles as a covering for the wall frieze and ceiling, and an early installation of opalescent glass bricks by Louis Comfort Tiffany.”

Kingscote Dining Room

Kingscote Dining Room

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

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Isaac Bell House / Edna Villa, Newport RI

Front facade of Isaac Bell House

Bellevue Ave facade of Isaac Bell House

Built in 1882-1883 by McKim, Mead and White for the Bell family.  The house was purchased in 1891 by the Vanderbilt family lawyer, Samuel Barger, who named the property Edna Villa.

Rear Facade of Isaac Bell House

Rear Facade of Isaac Bell House

I am especially fond of the lines of this house.  I also love the window in the corner of these 2 facades.  It creates a lovely window seat in the upstairs bedroom.

A View of the Entrance Facade (on Perry St.) and the Bellevue Ave. Facade

A View of the Entrance Facade (on Perry St.) and the Bellevue Ave.  Facade

Today it is one of the mansions operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

Stained Glass by the front door

Stained Glass by the front door

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