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Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island

Gold Coast Information

Dec. 03. 09

At the turn of the last century, Long Island’s north shore was home to such extravagant wealth and style it became known as the “Gold Coast.” America’s first captains of industry amassed great fortunes in a time before any sort of federal regulation or taxes on acquired wealth, and built the American equivalent of castles and chateaus. More than 500 mansions graced Long Island in the early decades of the 20th century.

Vanderbilt Estate

Eagles NestThe Spanish Revival Mansion with its 24 rooms was built in three stages from 1910 until 1936. Rooms in the historic house are on exhibit and exemplify the eclectic taste and collecting interests of William K. Vanderbilt II. The mansion was designed by the New York architectural firm Warren & Wetmore, whose Grand Central Station in New York City [1903-13] was designed and built for the New York Central Railroad, one of several Vanderbilt family enterprises. Later additions to the mansion and other estate buildings were executed by architect Ronald H. Pearce, who trained in the office of Warren & Wetmore and continued to make improvements at "Eagle's Nest" after Warren's retirement in 1931.


Otto Herman Kahn Estate
Modeled after Fontainebleau, the royal chateau in France, Oheka Castle was Otto Kahn’s American fantasy. Since there was no high ground on these 443 acres in Cold Spring that would give his castle the vista Kahn desired, he had a high, man-made hill created. The process took the better part of three years. The name derives from the first letters of “Otto Herman Kahn.” It is one of the two largest residences ever built in the United States. Kahn, who helped create the Metropolitan Opera Company, did not shy away from publicity, and the press dubbed him the King of New York — he loved New York so much, the cobble stones he used to pave the castle’s courtyard came from old New York City streets.

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