The John D. Rockefeller estate, Kykuit, is a 40-room National Trust house in Westchester County, NY, built by oil tycoon, capitalist and Rockefeller family patriarch John D. Rockefeller. Conceived largely by his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and enriched by the art collection of third-generation scion, Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States, Nelson Rockefeller, it has been home to four generations of the family.
Kykuit derived from the Dutch word Kijkuit meaning “lookout,” appropriate, since the mansion and estate is situated on the highest point in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, overlooking the Hudson River at Tappan Zee.
Kykuit was designed originally as a steep-roofed three-story stone mansion by the architects Chester Holmes Aldrich and William Adams Delano. The initial eclectic structure took six years to complete. Before being occupied it was substantially rebuilt in its present four-story Classical Revival Georgian form.
In 1906, the design of Kykuit’s grounds was undertaken by the architect William Welles Bosworth, who designed the surrounding terraces and gardens with fountains, pavilions and classical sculpture.
If you love architecture, modern art and beautiful scenery, this is a perfect day-trip destination, because it combines it all.
Getting there: 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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One Reply to “Kykuit: Retreat of the Rockefellers”
Wow it really looks lovely!
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