Tarrytown, NY—March 2017) This spring, Lyndhurst mansion will continue to offer free mansion tour admission to Tarrytown residents from April through September. The program, which was first introduced in 2016, will be expanded this season to include both Thursdays, and Fridays. For individual admission, Tarrytown residents may show a valid ID at the Lyndhurst Welcome Center. Local Tarrytown community groups and organizations are also welcome to schedule group tours during the season.
“While many Tarrytown residents know of Lyndhurst, many have either never been inside the mansion or haven’t come in decades. Since implementing the free admission program in 2016, nearly 100 Tarrytown residents have visited Lyndhurst, a significant increase from the five Tarrytown visitors in the prior year. This season, we hope to bring even more Tarrytown residents by expanding the free admission program to Thursdays and group tours for Tarrytown organizations,” said Howard Zar, Lyndhurst’s Executive Director.
Why Come to Lyndhurst
Lyndhurst is considered to be the most significant 19th century home in the United States, on par with such architectural icons as Monticello and Fallingwater. While there are many lovely historic homes in the area, Lyndhurst is truly one of the finest in the country. Lyndhurst’s staff has undertaken numerous restorations over the last four years. These include a complete rehanging of the Grand Picture Gallery and a complete refurbishment of the State Bedroom, including the addition of a fine suite of Rococo Revival furniture. This season a recently acquired bench by Lyndhurst’s architect, Alexander Jackson Davis, will be on view for the first time. In addition, many areas of Lyndhurst’s landscape have been restored, including the addition of fountains and sculpture. Lyndhurst is so unique that even for those who are used to visiting historic houses, Lyndhurst is quite different.
What You’ll See
Lyndhurst is unique in that since 1838, most of its furnishings and artworks have stayed within the mansion walls. The mansion interior was first photographed in 1868, so each room is accurately decorated to the style of one of the families that lived in the mansion. Visitors will see 16 stunning rooms on two floors of the mansion, including the 1838 parlor, the sumptuous Victorian dining room and the Grand Picture Gallery. The house has a collection of more than 10,000 pieces including extensive and early Tiffany windows, fifty pieces of furniture by Alexander Jackson Davis and multiple suites of furniture designed by the Herter Brothers. Railroad Baron Jay Gould’s painting collection of 19th century French paintings has never left the mansion. The tour lasts approximately one hour and gives visitors the opportunity to reflect on the life of its residents, and the development of American identity and taste during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Beginning June 15th, visitors will also have the chance to see Lyndhurst’s special exhibition Defying Labels: New Roles, New Clothes, which tells the story of the revolutionary changes in women’s roles from 1890 to 1940 as reflected through fashion and accessories of Lyndhurst’s most famous female residents: Helen Gould, Anna Gould Duchess of Talleyrand, and Edith Kingdon Gould. The exhibit showcases items from Lyndhurst’s private collections as well as loans from major museums.
This free Thursday and Friday program is made possible with a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation’s Feldman Fund.
About Lyndhurst. Originally built in 1838, Lyndhurst is considered by many to be the most important American home of the 19th century. Designed by A.J. Davis, the Frank Lloyd Wright of the 19th century in Gothic Revival style, Lyndhurst was one of the first homes to be built in the Hudson Valley as a romantic retreat. Lyndhurst is situated on 67 magnificently landscaped acres on the widest part of the lower Hudson River. Lyndhurst is where the Hudson Valley begins.
Go to www.lyndhurst.org for more information.
Westchester Community Foundation’s mission is to connect generous people to the causes they care about and invest in transformative ideas and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community. WCF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets of approximately $2.6 billion.
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