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Beacon Towers
Beacon Towers 1922 front elevation.jpg
Front facade of Beacon Towers in 1922
Location Sands Point, New York
Built 1917–18
Architectural style(s) Châteauesque
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Beacon Towers was a Gilded Age mansion on Sands Point in the village of Sands Point on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. It was built from 1917 to 1918 for Alva Belmont, the ex-wife of William Kissam Vanderbilt and the widow, since 1908, of Oliver Belmont.

History

The mansion was designed by Hunt & Hunt, the partnership of Richard Morris Hunt's sons Richard and Joseph. It was the last Long Island house designed by the firm.

Architectural historians have described the mansion as a pure Gothic fantasy, although it did owe some of its design elements to the alcázars of Spain and to depictions of castles in medieval illuminated manuscripts. The interior contained about 60 primary rooms and upwards of 140 in total. The entire structure was coated in smooth, gleaming white stucco.

In February 1924, Belmont purchased the adjoining Sands Point Light property at auction for $100,000 ($1.2 million in present value) to add more privacy to her estate.

Acquired by Hearst

Three years later, the estate was sold to William Randolph Hearst. While Hearst owned the estate, renovations were made; the roof was raised and dormers were added, windows were expanded or removed, and the entryway was remodeled, changing the entrance to a recessed doorway.

Hearst then sold it in 1942 and it was demolished in 1945. A new development was later built on the site, but scattered structural remains and the original gatehouse survived.

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