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From John D. Rockefeller’s original estate to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia homes, Westchester has a plethora of architecturally significant gems. Here are three of the most unique attractions


No list of architectural gems in Westchester would be complete without a mention of Kykuit (aka the John D. Rockefeller Estate). The historic 40-room museum was originally built for the iconic oil tycoon in 1913. Home to four generations of Rockefellers, the residence is now a historic site managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Beaux-Arts house and Italian-style gardens are currently available for tours throughout the year. Visitors are able to admire a variety of 20th-century art, Chinese and European ceramics, and more than 70 sculptures in the gardens. In addition, visitors can also attend museum lectures, cultural events, and artist residency offerings.

Lyndhurst Mansion

Stationed above the Hudson River in Tarrytown, Lyndhurst is a Gothic Revival mansion that was designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1838. Its famous past tenants include former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad baron Jay Gould. Take one look inside, and it’s easy to see why all of these powerful men fell in love with the stunning mansion. Vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and paintings give the home a timeless look. More than 50 pieces designed by Alexander Jackson Davis are still in the house today, making it a striking example of American taste during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Outside, the nation’s first steel-framed conservatory is positioned alongside a more modern rose garden and fernery. 


In the 1940s, architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed three homes in a planned community that is now known as the Usonia Historic District in Mount Pleasant. (He also approved designs for the other 44 homes.) Each was architecturally significant in its own way, especially the Reisley House (which has a carport) and the Friedman House (which introduced the concept of rooms connected in a circular fashion). Designed as a community rather than a series of individual homes, Usonia featured circular parcels of land with common areas.

If you're thinking about making the move to Westchester County, contact Jennifer Goldfarb today. As an experienced Westchester real estate agent, Jennifer can help you find a property that meets all your needs. Whether you’re looking for a large house that can accommodate a growing family or a downsizer home for you and a recently retired spouse, Jennifer can help you find an architectural gem that checks off every item on your list. 

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