|The Vanderbilt Estate and Gardens|
There is so much of a historical past on Long Island and I have recently gained a deeper appreciation for the preserved mansions and gardens that exist on the island. I have lived here all my life and have just encountered another estate, located in Centerport, Long Island, the Vanderbilt Estate and Gardens.
|Vanderbilt Grounds Entrance|
The Vanderbilt Mansion is one of the region's oldest estates dating back from the early 1900’s, and one of the few remaining Gold Coast mansions. William K. Vanderbilt bought the original 20 acre property in the summer of 1910 and commissioned the well-known New York City architectural firm of Warren & Wetmore to build him a summer home.
Over the years Vanderbilt acquired more land thus expanding the property. The estate consists of a 43 acre waterfront property with a 24-room Spanish-Revival mansion, known as Eagle’s Nest, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Vanderbilt Estate Gardens|
The gardens on the estate consist of fountains, neatly manicured boxwood hedges and various blooming perennials and shrubs. The garden located in the back of the main mansion overlooks onto a view of the Northport Bay.
On the grounds reflecting pools and fountains are surrounded by blooming rose bushes.
The mansion is museum-like in nature with rare and fine art along with century old furnishings from around the world. The mansion hosts a display of William K. Vanderbilt II’s marine-life, natural history and artifact collections along with the new Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium. The architecture of this estate is amazing as seen here with these medieval looking gates and door knocker that embrace the entrance.
|Mansion Door Knocker|
Various statues and stonework are also common around the estate and add an interesting touch.
|Vanderbilt Estate Grounds|
Along the walkway to the entrance are these decorative mosaics of inlaid stone.
|Mosaic Tiles in Walkway|
The courtyard of the mansion is seen below.
Concrete walls, tile roofing and wrought iron gates depict this Spanish-Revival style home.
|Vanderbilt Estate Architecture and Courtyard|
|Vanderbilt Mansion Bell Tower|
The bell tower is presently undergoing restoration and at the very top is a large nest, possibly an eagle's nest, from which the nickname for the estate was derived.
|Eagle's Nest Vanderbilt Mansion|
|Vanderbilt Estate Architecture and Gardens|
|Vanderbilt Estate Long Island|
The combination of early 1900's architecture and manicured gardens make this estate a lovely place to visit. Tours run hourly and the Planetarium is open for the viewing of regularly scheduled shows.
|Vanderbilt Mansion and Gardens, Centerport, Long Island|
For more information visit Vanderbilt Mansion.
|Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved|