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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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Sagamore Hill – Oyster Bay Cove, NY

Sagamore Hill served as the Summer White House from 1902 to 1909. It is the only home Theodore Roosevelt ever owned. I visited the Queen Anne style house on July 26, 2008 – It had been many years since my last visit.

Sagamore Hill Entrance

Sagamore Hill Entrance

The interior of the house is fairly dark now, partly because of its furnishings and partly because the trees have grown so tall……

Sagamore Hill - Front View

Sagamore Hill – Front View

Sagamore Hill - Back View

Sagamore Hill – Back View

The house has some exterior decoration, but it is restrained – especially for a Queen Anne Style house.

Brick Work Detail 1st Floor

Brick Work Detail 1st Floor

North Wing Presidential Seal

North Wing Presidential Seal

Front Porch Column - Base Detail

Front Porch Column – Base Detail

I thought the ornamentation on the front porch columns was interesting – very masculine.

Ice House & Roof Line - Sagamore Hill

Ice House & Roof Line – Sagamore Hill

Windmill Water Pump

Windmill Water Pump

The windmill powered a water pump- to get running water to the third floor of the house.

Windmill - Detail

Windmill – Detail

Also on the grounds of Sagamore Hill is another home, Old Orchard House, built by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in 1938.

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