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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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Longwood Estate, Middle Island NY

Longwood Estate

Longwood Estate

This property was once the most northern part of the Manor of St. George.  Today it is parkland preserved by the Town of Brookhaven.  The Estate consists of farm buildings, a one room school house, a caretaker’s cottage, etc.  The house itself has been added onto multiple times and is representative of vernacular architecture of its place and time.

Click here to see more of my photos of the Longwood Estate.

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Lyndhurst Castle – Tarrytown, NY

Lyndhurst Castle 6

Lyndhurst Castle 6

Lyndhurst was designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis in the gothic revival style in 1842.  In 1864, Lyndhurst’s owner hired Davis to more than double its size.

Lyndhurst 4

Lyndhurst 4

In 1880 Jay Gould purchased the estate and renamed it Lyndhurst.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

Gould added the large, gothic style greenhouse designed by the firm of Lord and Burnham; its cast-iron structure still stands.

Lord and Burnham Greenhouse

Lord and Burnham Greenhouse

Today Lyndhurst is owned by Historic Hudson Valley and is open for tours.

To see more photos of Lyndhurst, visit my Flickr site.

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Coindre Hall, Huntington NY

Coindre Hall

Coindre Hall

Coindre Hall is a Medieval French Chateau style mansion that was built between 1906-1911 for George McKesson Brown. Mr. Brown lost his fortune and this mansion in the stock market crash of 1929. Subsequently, it became a school run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart (1939-1971) and was briefly known as the Eagle Hill School in the 1970’s. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Suffolk County Park.

Detail - Front Roof line

Detail - Front Roof line

Detail - Front Tower

Detail - Front Tower

Looking up one of the Front Towers

Looking up one of the Front Towers

Porte Cochere

Porte Cochere

Back Lawn - Looking towards Huntington Harbor

Back Lawn - Looking towards Huntington Harbor

Back View - Coindre Hall

Back View - Coindre Hall

Detail - Rear View Roof Line

Detail - Rear View Roof Line

Copper Beech Tree

Copper Beech Tree

For more photos, you can visit my Flickr site.

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Chelsea, East Norwich NY

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.

Chelsea - Front Entrance

Chelsea - Front Entrance

Chelsea - Courtyard view

Chelsea - Courtyard view

A Wing Of Chelsea

A Wing Of Chelsea

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.

Chelsea Moat

Chelsea Moat

In the foreground of the above picture you can just make out the cobblestones.

Center Court Patio

Center Court Patio

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.

Moat and Garden Gate

Moat and Garden Gate

The circular garden gate is asian in style.  The service wing of the house is on the other side of it.

Service Wing

Service Wing

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

The above photo is taken looking through the garden gate towards the court yard and moat.

Serpentine Garden Wall next to pond

Serpentine Garden Wall next to pond

Another architectural gem in the garden is this serpentine wall.

Abandoned Garden Fountain

Abandoned Garden Fountain

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.

Fountain Detail

Fountain Detail

The fountain was lined every few feet with these carvings.

Driveway to stables / garage

Driveway to stables / garage

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.

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Blydenburgh Park Historic District – Smithtown, NY

On August 9, 2008 I visited this Suffolk County Park. The buildings in the park are on the National Register of Historic Places. I had never been here before. In fact, I was ignorant of its existence. What a beautiful park!

The Historic District part of the park is located by the “back” entrance of the park. Several buildings are easily accessible from the parking lot. The Grist Mill, Miller’s House and Stump Pond are all accessible via a staircase.

Blydenburgh / Weld House

Blydenburgh / Weld House

The Blydenburgh / Weld House was built in 1821 and added onto in the 1860’s.

Caretakers Cottage

Caretaker's Cottage

The Caretaker’s Cottage is Gothic Revival in the style of Andrew Jackson Downing. It was probably built in the 1870’s, but I could not find an exact date.

Tool Shed

Ice House

The Ice House was built in the late Nineteenth Century.

Ice House

Barn / Tool Shed

Farm Equipment

Farm Equipment

Horse Pasture

Horse Pasture

Millers House

Miller's House

The Miller’s House was built between 1801 – 1803. It is Federalist in style.

Side View, Grist Mill

Side View, Grist Mill

I’m not sure how I managed it, but somehow I did not get a picture of the entire Grist Mill! The Mill dates from 1798 and a second floor was added to it sometime in the late Nineteenth Century. A Saw Mill stood next to the Grist Mill and a Fulling Mill was built near-by in 1827. The Grist Mill is the only Mill that survives today.

Stump Pond - As viewed from Stairs to Grist Mill

Stump Pond - As viewed from Stairs to Grist Mill

Stump Pond is one of the largest inland bodies of water on Long Island – at 180 acres. It was created by the Blydenburgh Family in 1798 by placing a dam at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, near where three streams joined to form the river. This was done to set up the Mill complex. It is hard to believe that this beautiful tract of land and this beautiful pond was once the industrial center of Smithtown.

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