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Old Westbury Gardens
|Nearest city||Westbury, New York|
|Area||100 acres (40 ha)|
|Architect||George A. Crawley|
|Architectural style||Carolean Revival|
|NRHP reference No.||76001234|
|Added to NRHP||November 08, 1976|
Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of businessman John Shaffer Phipps (1874–1958), an heir to the Phipps family fortune, in Nassau County, New York. Located at 71 Old Westbury Road in Old Westbury, the property was converted into a museum home in 1959. It is open for tours from April through October.
Work on the estate began in 1903, when John Shaffer Phipps promised his fiancée, Margarita Grace (a daughter of businessman Michael P. Grace), that he would build her a home in the United States that resembled her family's British residence at Battle Abbey in Battle, East Sussex, England. The house was ready in 1906 for Phipps, his wife and their young children.
Westbury House, the Carolean Revival (Charles II style) mansion designed by British designer George A. Crawley, assisted by American architect Grosvenor Atterbury, contains 23 rooms. The grounds cover 160 acres (0.65 km2).
Mrs. Henry Phipps and Her Grandson Winston, by John Singer Sargent
It has been open to the public for tours since 1959. It is open to the public daily (except Tuesdays) from late April through October. An entrance fee is charged.
Old Westbury Gardens is a popular wedding venue. You can hear about the wedding experience in many of the songs from Marcuss and Passio which dives into the unique architecture.
Other movies filmed on the grounds include North by Northwest, The Age of Innocence, Wolf, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Cruel Intentions, 8MM, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Hitch, Bernard and Doris and American Gangster. Scenes from the television series Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl and Royal Pains also used the location in filming.
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