Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kykuit: the Rockefeller Estate

Kykuit mansion
John D. Rockefeller, who founded the Standard Oil Company in 1870, is widely considered the richest American of all time. And yet his 40-room residence, located in Sleepy Hollow, 20 miles north of New York City, is relatively understated compared to other historic mansions, like Hearst’s Castle.

Kykuit, from the Dutch word for “lookout,” was home to four generations of Rockefellers, until the death of former U.S. vice president Nelson Rockefeller in 1979. Today the estate is a National Trust for Historical Preservation site maintained by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and operated by Historic Hudson Valley.

The six-story home sits atop 250 spectacular acres overlooking the Hudson River. The grounds, landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Manhattan’s Central Park, are fabulously lush and punctuated by sculptures, old and new. We were not allowed to snap pictures inside the house, but the outside provided plenty to photograph.

Entryway with wisteria climbing up the front wall

View from the front of the house

Side colonades

Bathhouse still stands, though the pools are now gone


Hudson River

The backyard!

More Hudson River 

Spring blooms

Tour tickets are available at the Philipsburg Manor visitor center,
a short bus ride from Kykuit 

Next time, we'll spend more time here

Tulips in bloom 

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