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Mansion Mania: Five Legendary Long Island Homes Inviting You Inside

03/04/2022
Mansion at Glen Cove At Dusk

Courtesy Mansion at Glen Cove

Spending time at home is one of the great reasons to live here on Long Island, especially when the weekend arrives. But another advantage of calling Long Island home is the incredible history that surrounds us and welcomes us in. So take some time this spring—heck, you can even start this weekend—exploring a quintet (plus a bonus for you) of grand, historic, remarkable and unforgettable mansions from Long Island eras gone by.

Coe Hall Exterior Photo

Coe HallCourtesy Planting Fields Foundation

Coe Hall
Planting Fields Arboretum, Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
A crown jewel nestled within the grounds of Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, Coe Hall is once again open to the public. With programs such as “Coe Hall: Designing Nature Inside and Out,” the North Shore oasis is offering tours that invite guests to “travel back to the 1920s and explore the Gold Coast estate of English immigrant and American heiress W.R. and Mai Coe and their family to learn about their lives, their staff, and the artists and architects who designed this historic home and surrounding landscape.”
Learn More and Step Inside Coe Hall Here

RELATED: READ OUR INTERVIEW AND ALSO LISTEN TO OUR CONVERSATION WITH PLANTING FIELDS FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GINA WOUTERS ON LONG ISLAND HOME: THE PODCAST

Oheka Castle
135 West Gate Drive, Huntington
If financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn had built Oheka Castle today, the cost would have been in the neighborhood of $160 million. But the roughly $11 million he spent on the 1919 construction of this piece of Huntington history would still have resulted in the second-largest private residence ever built in the U.S.—a 109,000-square-foot, 127-room summer home that today (after  $40 million in restorations) is one of Long Island’s most renowned destinations and a member of both the  on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Hotels of America.
Learn More and Step Inside Oheka Castle Here

Eagle’s Nest
Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, 
180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
The Centerport estate known as Eagle’s Nest was built as a small cottage in 1910, growing over three decades into the stunning 24 room Spanish-Revival mansion that served as the summer home of William K. Vanderbilt II, great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Today, tours are “perfect for those interested in history and art,” the Vanderbilt Museum’s website says, noting that the tour goes through the mansion’s grand living quarters, offering glimpses into more than 15 rooms, carefully preserved to its Jazz Age grandeur.”
Learn More and Step Inside Eagle’s Nest Here

The Frick “Clayton” Estate
Nassau County Museum of Art
The Georgian mansion once owned by U.S. Steel cofounder Henry Clay Frick (although it was first built as the home of Lloyd Stephens Bryce, a lawyer, in 1900) and home to his son, Childs Frick, is now home to the Nassau County Museum of Art galleries in Roslyn Harbor. In addition to the works and exhibits inside, make sure to also explore the grounds, covering some 145 acres, where you’ll find stunning gardens, sculptures and the William Cullen Bryant Preserve.
Learn More and Step Inside the Frick “Clayton” Estate Mansion Here

Mansion at Glen Cove Lobby

Step into the past inside the lobby of The Mansion at Glen CoveCourtesy Mansion at Glen Cove\

The Mansion at Glen Cove
Designed by noted architect Charles Adams Platt and originally known as The Manor, this Gold Coast gem on 55 acres was named one of the Twelve Best Country Houses in America soon after its construction in 1910. Home to John Teele & Ruth Baker Pratt, the brick Georgian mansion (and the additions that came years later) is now a destination for innovative dining, overnight hotel stays with amenities such as an glass-enclosed indoor pool and spa (reopening in April) and TV and film crews looking for elegant settings and accommodations alike.
Learn More and Step Inside The Mansion at Glen Cove Here.

RELATED: READ OUR L.I. HOME FEATURE ON THE MANSION AT GLEN COVE

Beyond The Gates Promo

Suffolk County Historical Society Museum

BONUS: Looking for more Long Island mansions to explore—including those that don’t allow visitors or may not even be standing? The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum’s current exhibit “Beyond the Gates: Long Island’s Grand Estates of Yesteryear”:

“From the Gilded Age to Great Gatsby’s 1920s, recognizable names like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, Havemeyers, and Woolworths enjoyed their countryside vacation estates built across Long Island. Reminiscent of English country homes, these estates are still appreciated today for their architectural beauty and grandeur.With cavernous hallways, soaring ceilings, unparalleled woodwork, and gardens that rivaled the palaces of Europe, these estates were the envy of those outside of the gates. Captured through aerial photography in the 1930s, these images present some of the earliest glimpses of what was found beyond the gates…”
Learn More About “Beyond the Gates: Long Island’s Grand Estates of Yesteryear” Here