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LONG ISLAND HOTEL DESTINATION GUIDE

IDEAL LOCATION: 

Glen Cove Mansion epitomizes the luxury and elegance of Long Island's historic and storied North Shore Gold Coast. Gatherings take on new meaning at this former estate imbued with the charm of yesteryear beautifully complemented by the modern conveniences of the 21st Century.  Situated on the estate’s original 55 sprawling acres, Glen Cove Mansion is ideal for weekends of leisure, corporate events and social outings.  Its location near Exit 39 of the Long Island Expressway (I-495) offers ease of access from Manhattan as well as JFK and La Guardia International Airports.
 
In the heart of Long Island’s historic Gold Coast, where Gilded Age tycoons and their families lived and entertained in palatial mansions on sprawling country estates, Glen Cove Mansion offers a glimpse into a dazzling bygone era.  The Mansion was originally known as The Manor when the country house of John and Ruth Baker Pratt, and many of the original architectural adornments, as well as sweeping views of Long Island Sound, remain.  Nearby are other historic mansions, wonderful beaches, excellent museums, President Theodore Roosevelt’s beloved country estate and Summer White House, charming villages, and so much more.

THINGS TO DO: 

On Site Activities:

  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Basketball
  • Racquetball/Squash
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Football/Soccer/Softball Field Set Up
  • Swimming - indoor/outdoor pool and whirlpool
  • 24 Hour Fitness Center
  • Shuffleboard
  • Croquet
  • Lasso Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Bocce
  • Bean Bag Toss
Off-Site Activities (seasonably):
 
  • Aerobics, Pilates, and Yoga Classes
  • Horseback riding
  • Golf, Golf Lessons and Driving Range
  • Hiking/Biking Trails - click here for map
  • Running Track/Path
  • Playground
  • Ice Skating indoor/outdoor
  • Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Surf-Lessons and Camps
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

PLACES TO GO:

 
Museums

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site – Presidential Museum

In nearby village of Oyster Bay
President Theodore Roosevelt's beloved High Victorian mansion and Summer White House.  Fully furnished with the President’s and his family’s original personal belongings. 
20 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-1807
(516) 922-4788
http://www.nps.gov/sahi/
(Schedule visit in advance.)

Clayton Estate, now the Nassau County Museum of Art
Former Clayton Estate, a Gold Coast Mansion, and now a superb art museum, specializing in 19th and 20th century European and American art.  The estate offers extraordinary grounds and gardens, and the well-preserved Mansion.
1 Museum Drive
Roslyn, NY 11576-1138
(516) 484-9338
www.nassaumuseum.com

In 1919 Henry Clay Frick, co-founder of U.S. Steel Corporation, purchased the Georgian mansion that now houses the Museum as a wedding gift for his son, Childs Frick. Originally the land belonged to the poet and preservationist William Cullen Bryant. Longtime editor of the New York Evening Post, Bryant settled in Roslyn in 1843.  When the Fricks assumed ownership of the estate, overlooking Hempstead Harbor, in 1919, they hired British architect Sir Charles Carrick Allow to redesign the mansion’s façade (originally designed by Ogden Codman, Jr), as well as much of the interior of their new home, named Clayton.  A 1905 Princeton graduate, Childs Frick became a vertebrate paleontologist and devoted naturalist. Childs and Frances Frick lived at Claytonfor almost 50 years. Frick died in 1965 at the age of 81. Four years later the estate was purchased by Nassau County for the purpose of conversion into the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Hillwood Art Museum
C.W. Post Campus
Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard,
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
(516) 299-4073
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/but06/hillwood/

The Hillwood Art Museum on the CW Post Campus at Long Island University.  Built 1921, the property was originally the estate of E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post.  The Hillwood Art Museum is the caretaker of Long Island University's Permanent Art Collection.  Included in its Permanent Collection are works of art from Africa and from the Han dynasty of China.

Parks

Morgan Park
Germaine St
Glen Cove,  NY  11542
Leased to the residents of Glen Cove and Locust Valley, for $1 by J.P. Morgan in memory of his wife, this beautiful park overlooks Long Island Sound and has a picnic area, bathing beach, playground, walks along bluffs overlooking the harbor. It is located at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and is the site of Fourth of July Fireworks and the Morgan Park Music Festival, a series of free Summer Concerts during July and August on Sunday evenings.

Also, see Old Westbury Gardens and Planting Fields Arboretum below.

Historic Gold Coast Mansions / House Museums Open to the Public
(There were originally about 600 mansions ... only about 100 remain)

Welwyn, the Harold Pratt estate
Crescent Beach and New Woods Roads
Glen Cove, NY 11542

The 204-acre, densely wooded preserve, Welwyn, is the former estate of Harold Pratt, an avid Horticulturalist.  The preserve has four marked nature trails that provide access to a magnificent wooded stream valley, fresh water ponds and swamps, a coastal salt marsh, and a stretch of Long Island Sound shoreline. More than 100 species of birds and a variety of small native mammals, reptiles and amphibians inhabit the preserve's grounds. The preserve also is host to the Holocaust Memorial & Educational Center, which offers exhibits and other educational programs.

Old Westbury Gardens Museum
The best preserved North Shore Gold Coast Mansion, with extraordinary, award-winning Formal Grounds & Gardens 
Café and picnic area available with views the Mansion
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568-1603
(516) 333-0048
http://www.oldwestburygardens.org/

Stately mansion designed in the style of an English manor house by George A. Crawley with gardens inspired by owner, John S. Phipps', English wife Margarita Grace. The mansion is exquisitely furnished with the family’s original Georgian period antiques.  Acres for formal gardens include rose gardens, English-style walled garden, fountains and ponds.  Opened 1909.

 Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Coe Hall Mansion Museum
(Contains stained glass windows from Ann Boleyn's [Henry VIII's 2nd wife] family castle in England)
In nearby village of Oyster Bay
1395 Planting Fields Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8600
http://www.plantingfields.org/

William Coe estate, built in 1921  Known today as Planting Fields Arboretum, the property is renowned Botanical collection, conservatories, and elegant Limestone mansion with and Tudor-style detail. The entrance gates were originally created in 1712 for the Carshalton Park estate in England and purchased by William Coe for Coe Hall.

Eagles Nest
William K. Vanderbilt II estate now the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
180 Little Neck Road
Centerport, New York 11721-0605
General Information: (631) 854-5555
http://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/

Designed by Whitney Warren, the Spanish Mediterranean-style mansion's most prominent feature is an arched entrance tower which leads to the central courtyard. On display are many of Mr. Vanderbilt's original possessions and private collections.

Coindre Hall (and Boathouse)
101 Browns Road
Huntington, NY 11743-1852
(631) 854-4410
Romanesque-style mansion built by George Brown in 1910, now houses the Museum of Long Island's Gold Coast, featuring exhibits, photography and other artifacts from this extraordinary Gilded Age period. 

Caumsett
The Caumsett Foundation
25 Lloyd Harbor Road
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 423-1770
http://www.caumsettfoundation.org/

Marshall Field III estate, built in 1922.  The Georgian style mansion was designed by John Russell Pope.  At one time Caumsett was a working farm and dairy, and a self-sufficient community. The Field estate boasted polo fields, stocked game hunting, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and a dock for Field's yacht. 

Sands Point Preserve
Hempstead House
http://www.sandspointpreserve.org/htm/hempstead.htm
The castle-like Hempstead House was built originally by Howard Gould and in 1917, became the home of Daniel and Florence Guggenheim.

Falaise
http://www.sandspointpreserve.org/htm/falaise.htm

127 Middle Neck Road
Port Washington, New York 11050                                        
516-571-7900

Falaise was built for Harry F. Guggenheim and his wife Caroline Morton in 1923. The architecture is French eclectic. The design is based on a 13th century Norman manor house.  Furnished with antiques, many from the 16th and 17th century, the mansion also includes wood carvings,sculptures, Renaissance paintings and several important pieces of modern art. Mr. and Mrs. Guggenheim founded Newsday.  http://www.sandspointpreserve.org/htm/falaise.htm

Chelsea Mansion
At the Muttontown Preserve
516-571-8551
34 Muttontown Lane.
East Norwich, New York 11732
http://chelseamansion.com/

The Benjamin Moore estate built in 1923 and now part of Muttontown Preserve. The mansion is surrounded by a moat. Cobblestones used around the property originally came from the Chelsea section of Brooklyn, which is where the mansion name comes from.

White Eagle / Templeton / De Seversky Center
Northern Boulevard
Old Westbury NY  11568
516-686-7675

The Georgian-style mansion was designed in the Neo Federal style by the renowned architects Carrere and Hastings in 1916 for Alfred I du Pont.  The estate was originally known as “White Eagle” The du Pont’s sold the mansion in 1923 to the Frederick Guest family, who renamed it “Templeton.”  Mr. Guest was the cousin of Winston Churchill and the grandson of the Seventh Duke of Marlborough.  Mrs. Guest was the daughter of Henry Phipps, Andrew Carnegie’s partner in Carnegie Steel Company.  The mansion now serves as the De Seversky Conference Center for the New York Institute of Technology.  www.nyit.edu/resources/restaurant/index.html

Of Note, however, Not Open to the Public:

Winfield Hall (F.W. Woolworth Mansion - within walking distance of Glen Cove Mansion)

More Resources about the Mansions in Glen Cove, on the Long Island Gold Coast, and Historic Long Island

Guide to Gold Coast Mansions & Historic Long Island ~ www.historiclongisland.com

Als  www.ligoldcoast.com/ and www.oldlongisland.com/

The Pratt Family of Long Island, where they built palatial country houses
Charles Pratt (1830 – 1891), the Patriarch, was a capitalist, businessman and philanthropist.  Mr. Pratt was a pioneer of the US petroleum industry, and established the kerosene refinery Astral Oil Works in Brooklyn, New York. He formed Charles Pratt and Company in 1867, which became part of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil in 1874.

Mr. Pratt was a strong advocate of education.  He founded and endowed the Pratt Institute, a specialized private college in New York City and today one of the leading art schools in the US offering programs in art, architecture, fashion design, illustration, interior design, digital arts, creative writing, library and information science, and other areas.

Pratt purchased large tracts of land in Glen Cove, Long Island, where his children built palatial mansions.
The Pratt Children and their Mansions in Glen Cove

  1. Frederic B. Pratt (1865-1945), Poplar Hill - now owned by Glengariff Nursing Home.
  2. Helen Pratt (1867-1949);
  3. George Dupont Pratt (1869-1935), Killenworth - now the retreat for the Russian Delegation to the United Nations
  4. Herbert L. Pratt (1871-1945), Welwyn - now Welwyn Preserve and The Holocaust Memorial and Education Center of Nassau County.
  5. John Teele Pratt* (1873-1927), The Manor (opened 1910) - now Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center
  6. Harold I. Pratt (1877-1939), The Braes - now the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Ruth Baker Pratt, wife of John Teele Pratt, was the first Republican Congresswoman from the state of New York. She represented New York City’s “Silk Stocking” district. Ruth and her family maintained the estate until her death in 1965.

Movies Filmed On or About the Long Island Gold Coast:

Old Westbury Gardens -First featured in the Alfred Hitchcock classic North By Northwest, starring Cary Grant, this is, without a doubt, Hollywood's favorite Gold Coast mansion. Numerous films have been shot at this location. Among them: Love Story, Age of Innocence starring Wynona Ryder, Wolf starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, and most recently, Cruel Intentions with Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Most recently, Doris & Bernard.

Planting Fields
-Love Story used this mansion only for the Main Gate shot, which, in a twist of Hollywood magic, lead to Old Westbury Gardens. The remake of Sabrina also used the estate for some scenes.

Hempstead
House -New Jack City used this Sands Point mansion for interior shots.

Knole
-Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close. This Old Westbury mansion was chosen as the Hollywood version of the Claus Von Bulow mansion.

Salutations
-Sabrina the remake, starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond was filmed at this Glen Cove mansion. The original Sabrina, starring William Holden, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn, was also filmed in Glen Cove.

Falaise
-The Godfather used this Sands Point mansion for the famous horse head in the bed scene.

Caumsett
-Arthur filmed stable scenes on this Estate.

Eagle's Nest
-Crocodile Dundee II was filmed at this Wm K. Vanderbilt II mansion.

Mill Neck Manor
-Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy.

The Braes
-Batman Forever starring Val Kilmer.

Filmed at Glen Cove Mansion

  • Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden - the movie's 2008 Centennial Collection edition DVD offers a documentary on the history of the Long Island Gold Coast entitled Sabrina's World - produced by Paramount Studios - and which uses extensive Glen Cove Mansion footage highlighting the old Long Island Gold Coast.
  • Remake of Sabrina, starring Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear - The Mansion's stone wall appears in footage highlighting Dosoris Lane, which is Sabrina's Glen Cove, Long Island address in the movie and is Glen Cove Mansion's actual address (we believe is it Glen Cove Mansion's stone wall in the movie remake)
  • A Lovely Way to Die - starring Kirk Douglas - extensive Glen Cove Mansion footage, interiors & exteriors
  • Too Big to Fail - HBO - Glen Cove Mansion's interiors are used to represent the White House interiors
  • White Collar (TV) - USA - interior and exterior footage of Glen Cove Mansion
  • Royal Pains (TV) - USA
  • State of Affairs (TV) - NBC
  • Madam Secretary (TV) - CBS
  • Deception (previously known as Infamous) - (TV) - NBC
  • And of course, the remake of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby - which we've been told includes footage shot on Long Island's legendary North Shore Gold Coast.
Suggested Reading on the Historic Long Island North Shore Gold Coast
The Mansions of Long Island's Gold Coast, by Monica Randall Winfield: Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths, by Monica Randall

North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890-1950, Paul J. Mateyunas

The Gold Coast - Gold Coast novel by author Nelson DeMille

The Gate House - Gold Coast novel by author Nelson DeMille (sequel to The Gold Coast)

New York City and the Pratts

One of the world’s greatest cities is just a quick train ride away from Glen Cove, which provides three train stations, including the Sea Cliff Station (located on Sea Cliff Avenue), Glen Street Station (located at the intersection of Glen Street and Cedar Swamp Road), and Glen Cove Station (located at the intersection of Duck Pond Road and Town Path – made famous in Sabrina).  For an afternoon or evening getaway, Manhattan beckons with superb Broadway Theater, world-class shopping, and endless excitement.  Following, return to the 55 areas of historic serenity beloved by the Pratt family, Glen Cove Mansion.

Pratt Homes / Townhouses in Manhattan

Pratt Mansions
Herbert Pratt's Fifth Avenue mansion
1026-1028 Fifth Avenue (84th Street)
New York, NY 10028
Office 1027 Fifth Avenue
212-744-4486, ext. 173
212-744-0163-F

Weekend tours of Pratt Mansions upon request.

http://www.prattmansions.org/
http://www.prattmansions.org/docs/about.htm
http://www.prattmansions.org/docs/history.htm 
http://www.uppereast.com/uesmansions.html

A triple delight on Fifth Avenue at the corner of 84th. The present home to Marymount School, these former three separate homes, now collectively known as the Pratt Mansions, were built during 1901-1903 and were occupied by different owners.  1028 Fifth, the first one to be built, was home to leather merchant Jonathan Thorne, and then to Florence Vanderbilt Burden. C.P.H. Gilbert designed this building. Marymount bought this home in 1925.  1026 and 1027 Fifth were home to Benjamin Williams, banker George Crawford Clark and the former president of Standard Oil, Herbert Lee Pratt, who bought the property in 1919 and lived there with his wife, children and household staff. Marymount bought 1027 in 1936 and 1026 in 1950. Architects Van Vleck and Goldsmith designed the buildings.  The Pratt mansions boast a dramatic spiral staircase, ornate chandeliers and parquet floors. The marble walls in one of the buildings were deemed to be the finest example of their kind when erected. This opulent décor and prime location makes the mansions a popular rental site for special occasions.  These buildings achieved landmark status in 1977, says Susana Acosta, Marymount's archivist. Mrs. Acosta says that the buildings have been left pretty much as they were, although we have made some additions, such as a gym in accordance with the building's landmark status. Mrs. Acosta also says that some of the original furnishings from the bygone era still exist, such as the chairs and a dining room cabinet in building 1027.  The mansions have also been featured in popular culture. The remake of the movie The Producers features a scene that was filmed in the lobby, showcasing the famous marble walls.

Other Long Island Gold Coast Activities:

Beaches: Morgan Memorial Park (Beach Pass required)
                 Germaine Street, Glen Cove, NY  11542

Boating: Glen Cove Yacht Club
                 Foot of McLoughlin Street, Glen Cove, NY  11542
                                   
Brewer Yacht Yard at Glen Cove
                 128 Shore Road, Glen Cove, NY  11542
                 Tel. 516.671.5563

Golf:  Glen Cove Golf Club
                Lattingtown Road, Glen Cove, NY  11542
                Tel. 516.676.6537
 
ShoppingAmericana Manhasset
                    2060 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY  11030
                  Tel. 516.627.2277
 
Americana Manhasset is a premier luxury shopping destination located on Long Island’s North Shore, 20 miles from Manhattan and 50 miles from the Hamptons. Home to sixty splendid international boutiques, Americana Manhasset features remarkable architecture, harmonious landscape design and a bevy of services to help make your shopping experience a joy.
 
                   Roosevelt Field
                   Old Country Road, Garden City, NY  11530
                   Tel. 516.742.8000

Shopping Mall 215 stores including Macy's, J.C. Penny, Stern's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales.

Other Recreation:  Please ask our friendly Front Desk team at 516.671.6400

Hospitals and Medical Centers: 

                   Glen Cove Hospital
                   101 St. Andrews Lane, Glen Cove, NY  11542
                   (516) 674-7300

                   St. Francis Hospital
                   100 Port Washington Boulevard, Roslyn NY  11576
                   (516)562-6000

                 Winthrop University Hospital
                   259 1st Street, Mineola, NY   11051
                   (516) 663-0333

                  Nassau Univerity Medical Center
                   2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY   11554
                   (516) 572-0123

                  North Shore LIJ Plainview
                   888 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY   11803
                   (516) 719-3000

                  North Shore LIJ Manhasset
                   300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY   11030
                   (516) 562-0100

                  Huntington Hospital
                   270 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY   11743
                   (631) 351-2000

                  Mercy Medical Center
                   1000 North Village Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY   11571
                   (516) 705-2525

                  Creedmore Psychiatric Center
                   7925 Winchester Blvd, Queens Village, NY   11427
                   (718) 464-7500

Assisted Living Facilities: 

                 Glengariff HealthCare Center
                   141 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY   11542
                   (516) 676-1100

                  Sunrise of Glen Cove
                   39 Forest Avenue, Glen Cove, NY   11542
                   (516) 656-0575

                  Atria Glen Cove
                   146 Glen Street, Glen Cove NY,   11542
                   (516) 671-7008

                  Harbor House Senior Residence
                   150 South Street, Oyster Bay, NY   11771
                   (516) 624-8400

                  Atria Roslyn Harbor
                   100 Landing Road, Roslyn, NY   11576
                   (516) 626-6900

                  Sun Harbor Manor
                   255 Warner Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY   11577
                   (516) 621-5400

                  The Arbors at Westbury Assisted Living
                   45 Jercho Turnpike, Jericho, NY   11753
                   (516) 333-6400

                  Assisted Living Communites
                   3400 Bursh Hollow Road, Westbury NY  11590
                   (516) 334-3838

                  The Bristal Assisted Living at Westbury
                   117 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY   11590
                   (516) 333-3828

                  Harbor View
                   2 Fairway Drive, Port Washington, NY   11050
                   (516) 883-7624

                  The Amsterdam at Harborside
                   300 East Overlook, port Washington, NY   11050
                   (516)472-6610

                  Somerset Gardens
                   150 Sunnyside Boulevard, Plainview NY,   11803
                   516-828-8472


Funeral Homes: 

                 Dodge Thomas Funeral Home
                   26 Franklin Ave, Glen Cove, NY   11542
                   (516) 676-1180

                  Mc Laughlin Kramer Funeral Home
                   220 Glen Street, Glen Cove, NY   11542
                   (516) 676-8600

                  Marcus L Bianconi Funeral Home
                   62 Cedar Swamp Road, Glen Cove, NY   11542
                   (516) 676-2255

                  Whitting Funeral Home
                   300 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY   11545
                   (516) 671-0807

                  Roslyn Heights Funeral Home
                   75 Mineola Avenue, Roslyn Heights, NY   11577
                   (516) 621-4545

Sabrina starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden -- the movie's 2008 Centennial Collection edition DVD offers a documentary on the history of the Long Island Gold Coast entitled Sabrina's World -- produced by Paramount Studios - and which uses extensive Glen Cove Mansion footage highlighting the old LI Gold Coast.
 
- Remake of Sabrina, staring Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear ... The Mansion's stone wall appears in footage highlighting Dosoris Lane, which is Sabrina's Glen Cove, LI address in the movie and is Glen Cove Mansion's actual address (we believe it is Glen Cove Mansion's stone wall in the movie remake)
 
- A Lovely Way to Die - starring Kirk Douglas .... extensive Glen Cove Mansion footage, interiors & exteriors
 
- Too Big To Fail - HBO ... Glen Cove Mansion's interiors are used to represent the White House interiors
 
- White Collar (TV) - USA - interior and exterior footage of Glen Cove Mansion
 
- Royal Pains (TV) – USA
- State of Affairs (TV) – USA

 

- Madam Secretary (CBS) - USA
 
- Deception (previously known as Infamous) – NBC
 
- And, of course, the remake of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby - which we've been told includes footage shot on Long Island's legendary North Shore Gold Coast

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