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
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
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.
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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
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
A skylight and 2nd floor balcony are above the main entrance hall.
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.
The Mansion is overlooking magnificent grounds and the Hudson River.
Hudson River View from rear portico.
Today the mansion is owned by the National Park Service.
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