Gatsby's Gold Coast: 8 grand estates


Gatsby's Gold Coast: 8 grand estates

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Take a heady trip back to Jazz Age opulence on Long Island's Gold Coast, a wealthy retreat near New York City where F. Scott Fitzgerald set "The Great Gatsby." Oheka Castle, completed in 1919, was owned by financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn. The cost of construction at the time? $11 million ($110 million in today's dollars). Not bad for a summer home.

Today, Oheka Castle houses a hotel, where rates range from $395 to $1,095. There's a "Gatsby"-themed package available, and public tours are offered by appointment. In the 1920s, Kahn and his family hosted lavish parties for the rich, famous and well-connected in the 127-room chateau. At one time the family employed 126 full-time servants.

Overlooking Huntington Harbor, this estate was built for pharmaceutical giant George McKesson Brown in 1912. Now it's a park where Coindre Hall, built in the style of a French chateau, serves as an elegant event venue.

Originally known as The Manor, the 1910 Glen Cove Mansion was the centerpiece of a 55-acre estate of John Teele Pratt and Ruth Baker Pratt. John was an attorney and an executive with Standard Oil Co., and Ruth, a Republican, was the first congresswoman from New York. The home has been converted into Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, where rates start at $159 through Labor Day.

Attorney, politician and editor Lloyd Stephens Bryce built this home overlooking Hempstead Harbor at the turn of the 20th century. U.S. Steel magnate Henry Clay Frick purchased the house in 1919 as a gift for son Childs Frick. The three-story Georgian mansion now houses the Nassau County Museum of Art.

William K. Vanderbilt II's 24-room Spanish Revival mansion Eagle's Nest was built in stages between 1910 and 1936. Architectural firm Warren & Wetmore designed the mansion. The firm also designed New York's Grand Central Terminal for the New York Central Railroad, one of the Vanderbilt family's businesses.

The mansion's rooms are filled with antique furnishings, artwork, family photos and portraits. Visitors can tour the 43-acre complex, which includes the mansion and grounds, a marine and natural history museum and a planetarium.

The mansion's Spanish style is unusual among the grand estates of Long Island.

Charles II-style mansion Westbury House was completed in 1906. It was the home of John S. Phipps and Margarita Grace Phipps and their children. It's furnished with fine antiques from the family.

The house sits amid 200 acres of formal gardens, woodlands, lakes and ponds. Guided tours are offered, and the estate hosts special events, including concerts and school programs.

Built in 1923 for Harry F. Guggenheim and his wife, Caroline Morton, the design for Falaise was based on a Norman manor house. The home is furnished with antiques and fine art and is accessible through guided tours. Falaise is in Sands Point Preserve, a Nassau County park that also houses Hempstead House, a historic mansion built by Howard Gould and later owned by Daniel and Florence Guggenheim.

Coe Hall, a 65-room Elizabethan-style mansion, was built from 1918-1921 by Walker & Gilette for William Robertson Coe. Coe was a marine insurance executive and his wife, Mai Coe, was the daughter of Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the founders of Standard Oil. The house, furnished with antiques and artwork, is open for self-guided tours.

The estate is part of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, which hosts special exhibitions in a smaller home on the grounds. The arboretum covers 409 acres of lawn, woodlands and formal gardens, including this Italian garden restored in 2010.














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