Archive for the ‘Mansion’ Category

Frederick W. Vanderbilt Mansion

January 4, 2010

Damn girl, this house is fine.

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Olana

January 4, 2010

Montgomery Place

January 4, 2010

Locust Grove

January 4, 2010

Clermont

January 4, 2010

Coe Hall at Plantation Fields

December 14, 2009

To anyone who ever said that Long Island is just one big trash pit with terrible traffic and hideous looking people and not one redeeming feature at all,  I say first off, get back on your meds.  Second, have you not seen Coe Hall at Plantation Fields?

It’s a flipping awesome Tudor revival style mansion on the North Shore of Long Island, about 25 miles east and north of NYC.  (They call it the Gold Coast).  It was built around 1918 by the married daughter of one of three big cheeses at Standard Oil (Henry Rogers, with William and John D. Rockefeller.  Rogers was nicknamed “Hell Hound Rogers” and “The Brains of Standard Oil” and is among the top 25 wealthiest Americans of all time.  He also distinguished himself as a patron and friend of Helen Keller, Mark Twain and Booker T. Washington.  He was also a deputy and eventual business partner with Charles Pratt, the founder of Pratt Institute, in his oil refinery business based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.).

Back to Coe Hall, it’s located on 400 acres near Oyster Bay, and houses the main mansion, an arboretum and several Victorian-era conservatories, among several other less notable buildings.

The main house is well worth the  $10 admission — for the month of December, they had it decked out in Christmas regalia.  A Queen Elizabeth impersonator from the NY Renaissance Fair was also hosting a banquet in the main entertaining space.   I was particularly excited by the full barroom off the den, and the safe next to the fireplace.

The grounds themselves were gorgeous as well — come spring, I will definitely plan another visit.

Lyndhurst

December 8, 2009
Lyndhurst in December.  If you squint you can just make out the tiny French hunchback they keep locked in the tower for “atmosphere”.
Why’d you wake me from my nap?

Lyndhurst is a total gem:  a Gothic Revival castle about 30 miles north of New York City, with full year round tours, beautiful grounds and entirely original furnishings and few modernizations since 1911.  Plus, in December all the rooms are decorated in fairy tale themes so if you love historic mansions and dropping acid, this is your Nirvana.

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Kykuit

December 5, 2009

The 40-room Rockefeller mansion before the murders …

What the heck’s a Kykuit?
Kykuit (rhymes with “die-cut”)  is a 40-room estate built by one of America’s most storied family dynasties,  the Rockefellers.  I went in the early summer and for $18,  my luffer and I (hi Chris!) took a 2 hour tour of the main house, the formal gardens and the garage.  The tour guide was a tetchy old queen straight out of central casting:  Tommy Bahama button down, linen slacks and a James Lipton goatee.  His first “moment” involved hissing at someone in our group who was taking pictures, “what don’t you understand about ‘no photographs’?!”  Meee-ow.

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Bartow-Pell Mansion

December 2, 2009
This place is in the Bronx right off the expressway and a stone’s throw from Orchard Beach.

What is it?
Fancy old mansion from the 18th century.  It’s furnished and there are pretty gardens and a formal tour.  But it’s only open on weekends until 4 and probably not during the winter.

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