August 15, 2015

1823 UNITED STATES (New York) - Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown

Tarrytown is a village in the town of Greenburgh, located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, south of the village of Sleepy Hollow, at about 40km north of midtown Manhattan. Among its points of interest is Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate, a Gothic Revival country house that sits in its own park beside the Hudson River, at less than one km south of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, the house has been owned by New York City mayor William Paulding, Jr., merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould. In 1961, Gould's daughter Anna Gould donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is now open to the public.

Unlike later mansions along the Hudson River, Lyndhurst's rooms are few and of a more modest scale, and strongly Gothic in character. Hallways are narrow, windows small and sharply arched, and ceilings are fantastically peaked, vaulted, and ornamented. The effect is at once gloomy, somber, and highly romantic. The house sits within a park, designed in the English naturalistic style by Ferdinand Mangold, whom Merritt hired. He drained the surrounding swamps, created lawns, planted specimen trees, and built the conservatory. It provides an outstanding example of 19th-century landscape design.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Wedding, about which I wrote here. The second stamp is part of the series Harry Potter, about which I wrote here.

Lyndhurst (mansion) - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 10.01.2014

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