Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, its architectural brilliance is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Lyndhurst’s noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.
Lyndhurst’s vast collection of art, antiques, and furniture have remained largely intact due to the mansion’s use primarily as a country residence. In most instances, the furnishings are original to the house, and more than fifty pieces were designed by the architect himself, Alexander Jackson Davis. The arrangement of the rooms reflects the lives of one of the three major families and the five major owners that lived here. As such, the mansion reveals the development of American identity and taste during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The grounds at Lyndhurst survive as an outstanding example of 19th-century landscape design. Elements include sweeping lawns accented with shrubs and specimen trees, the curving entrance drive revealing “surprise” views of the angular repetition of the Gothic roofline in the evergreens. Still standing is the framework of the nation’s first steel-framed conservatory. The rose garden and fernery are later additions.
Lyndhurst invites you to explore the evolution of American identity and taste through guided tours of 19 elaborately decorated rooms in the mansion interior. Visitors can also join weekend specialty tours that explore Lyndhurst’s unique spaces like the recently restored bowling pavilion, majestic landscape, kitchens, laundry room, and observation tower overlooking widest part of the lower Hudson River to Manhattan.
Lyndhurst is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.