23. Deepdale, Great Neck on Long Island

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Deepdale in Great Neck, Nassau County, was a country estate of William Vanderbilt II. It was designed in 1904 by Horace Trumbauer, a Gilded Age architect who designed much of Duke University and many Philadelphia buildings. Alterations were later added by the Beaux-Arts firm Carrère and Hastings, which designed sites such as Grand Army Plaza and the Standard Oil Building. The home was built in the village of Lake Success, the temporary home of the United Nations from 1946 to 1951.

The white clapboard residence had 17 rooms, and its dining room featured rare hand-carved paneling and Italian marble mantel. The estate also housed a golf course and clubhouse, which are now owned by the Village of Lake Success. According to a home listing, “In a hilltop setting of unsurpassed beauty, looking out over sparkling Lake Success, this handsome suburban estate is as perfect as exquisite taste, superb workmanship and materials, and fastidious maintenance can make it. The site, atop the second highest hall on Long Island, affords a view all the way across the Island to the Atlantic Ocean on the South,”