2. Winfield Hall, Woolworth Mansion

Winfield Hall, Woolworth Mansion, one of the notable Gold Coast mansions
Aerial view of the marble castle Winfield Hall. Photo courtesy of Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company.

Located in Glen Cove, the historic Woolworth Estate, also known as Winfield Hall, was designed in 1916 by acclaimed architect C. P. H Gilbert for the prominent department store owner Frank Winfield Woolworth. Construction of the Italian Renaissance-style home was commenced immediately after Woolworth’s prior home — located at the same site — was destroyed in a mysterious fire. Fortunately, the plans for the new mansion were already drawn.

After Woolworth’s death, the estate loitered in the family until 1929 when it was purchased by the wife of Richard S. Reynolds, of the R. S Reynolds Metal Company. Afterward, the mansion became the Grace Downs Academy, a business school for young women, until it was purchased by Martin Carey, the brother of former New York Governor Hugh Carey. In late-January, 2015 a fire broke out at Winfield Hall that extensively damaged the mansion. After a restoration effort, the property was put up for auction in 2021 and recently sold.